Breakfast for Dinner, The Punisher, and These Dorks

Had a great dinner- I made Gordon Ramsey’s scrambled eggs and sausage (from a farmer down the road from me), and Tammy made avocado toast, which I had never had before:

It’s very good!

I am upstairs watching the Punisher in the office with Samantha, and Tams is downstairs with Lily texting me pictures:


The Punisher is very good! The new detective in the show, Amber Rose Revah, is going to be a star and we are going to see her in a bunch of stuff. Mark my words!

82 replies
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    Big R says:

    I’ve lost a plot thread somewhere. Who is Tammy?

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    Emerald says:

    Try avocado toast on sourdough bread! (do salt it). Yummers!

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    John Cole says:

    @Big R: Friend of mine for twenty years. I introduced her to her husband and I am friends with both and she comes to visit every now and then.

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    Warren Terra says:

    I’m about two episodes into The Punisher. It’s well made, but they seem to have forgotten to interest the viewer in the main protagonist. He’s an unlikable friendless serial murderer. There is no character who is in any way the audience surrogate, and the only leading character who’s at all sympathetic is Revah’s, stuck in a separate subordinate plotline (so far). So far, the show utterly lacks the charm and the humanity of the other Netflix Marvel shows, even Iron Twit.

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    Big R says:

    @John Cole: 👍 No worries and your life is yours and not my soap opera, just knew I hadn’t seen any explanation of who she was.

    Even the lurkers want you to be happy.

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    DaveInOz says:

    Avo on toast, an Australian staple!

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    stinger says:

    Lileeeeee! Such a sweetie!

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    Amaranthine RBG says:

    Well, I’m glad that you already have a house …

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    rikyrah says:

    The food looks good 👍

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    Mike J says:

    Thank god you already own a house. That avocado toast could have ruined you!

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    Mike J says:

    Before the start of Mean Streets on TCM, Mr used-to-be-on-young-turks warned people about the casual racism and homophobia in the movie and warned that it could be jarring. I’ll bet the average Trump supporter wouldn’t even notice.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Found a recipe for French toast to try in the morning that includes a dash of maple syrup and dark rum. Yum.

    Will check out “Punisher” this weekend. Jon Bernthal’s a good actor. We also want to take a look at “Shetland”, another British police drama set in those remote islands halfway between Scotland and Norway.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Warren Terra:

    So far, the show utterly lacks the charm and the humanity of the other Netflix Marvel shows, even Iron Twit.

    That bad? I hope at least the protagonist is at least slightly less idiotic than fist-boy.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Big R: There is a plot?

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    Elizabelle says:

    Love the Lily and Tammy photos. Dinner looks good too.

    Hello from Wiesbaden. Lovely foggy day yesterday. Mist over the bright yellow/orange fall leaves that we missed in Virginia this year. Drought muted them.

    And glad to see the return of efgoldman on earlier thread. Good for all of us that he is back.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Warren Terra:
    You can understand Frank Castle’s anger but that’s really all there is to him. So it’s impossible to make him likeable or sympathetic, and that’s probably why there has not been a good Punisher movie.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: We lost it.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    and that’s probably why there has not been a good Punisher movie.

    Depends on your definition of good.

    Sometimes you just want to watch some mindless violence and not have to think for 2 hours.

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    I’m glad Cole is posting regularly again.

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    Aleta says:

    Lily takes good pictures, doesn’t she. If she were a Jack Russell she could be Lillian Russell.

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    NotMax says:

    Oddball-est Punisher comic book ever?

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Shetland is very good. Great acting, great scenery, serviceable plots. The first two seasons are episodic, the third is one long story arc. (The seasons are short, four or six one-hour episodes.)

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    Big R says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: It’s even weirder than what Roth came up with.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    The pix of Tammy and Lily look sweet, but I think I hurt my neck looking at them …

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TenguPhule: I still say there was no plot.

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    Mike J says:

    @Big R: What hath Roth got?

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    @Amir Khalid: Cole doesn’t know how cameras work, be glad they’re there at all.

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    Mike J says:

    @Major Major Major Major: There’s rotation data in the EXIF if some smartass didn’t strip it.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Made it safely to my Led Zeppelin-themed hotel (no, seriously — okay, in practice it’s more “classic rock”). 11 hours on a train and 4,030 words written. That’s pretty good, IMO.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Mike J: IIRC, Betty or Anne had similar issues with some iPhone shots until she figured out the ways to make FYWP relent.


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    Mnemosyne says:


    More like “Monterey Pop.” I sent a few photos to G and he said it looked like a dorm room. It kind of does, but a classy dorm room at an expensive college. And it smells better than a dorm room.

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    Mike J says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Every room has a mud shark.

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    @Mike J: pretty sure WP strips it.

    @Mnemosyne: nice! Welcome!

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    a classy dorm room at an expensive college

    I’m unfamiliar with this.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    They still smelled like dorm rooms there. 😟

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    @Major Major Major Major: Considering a sports competition being played this evening, that is difficult to forget.

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    scav says:

    Um, how many cliche boxes can be ticked in a single event? People seem to be really raising their game recently. Husband and wife accidentally shot during church gun safety talk. TN (for the record) and at it was his own wheelchair-bound wife he shot.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I am not a follower of sportsball, but someone I know on Facebook was trash talking the rivalry.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I was under the impression that Christians considered it disrespectful to carry a gun in church. Thou shalt not kill, and all that.

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    @Amir Khalid: I thought it was Thou shalt not be a bad guy with a gun.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Warren Terra:

    I’m about two episodes into The Punisher. It’s well made, but they seem to have forgotten to interest the viewer in the main protagonist. He’s an unlikable friendless serial murderer.

    Belatedly, thanks for your great review. Oddly enough, this sounds like it is exactly what some fans of the comic want. They really have a thing for a “don’t give a shit” hero who is all about relentless killing and destruction.

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    @Mnemosyne: Cashier at Ralphs was as well, fortunately it wasn’t my cashier.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I was under the impression that Christians considered it disrespectful to carry a gun in church.

    In the New Right-wing Nutjob Gospel, Jesus does a miracle where he arms the multitudes.

    ETA. Also, a more accurate translation of the commandment would be “Murder not!” instead of “Thou shalt not kill.”

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    jim says:

    Shetland is good. Viewers might like Hinterland. A little darker than Shetland, takes place in Wales.

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    I just watched the first episode of “The Punisher”. My comic collection includes probably all but a few, maybe a half dozen, of ever Punisher comic or book ever published. I am that hardcore a fan.

    I even have to large 4×3 foot or so posters that Marvel published early in the series, one is famed and hangs in my office / study.

    I even have the short mini-series where Marvel tried to flip him into a demonic inhuman character, an utter failure they backed down on, although I refused to buy it when it first came out.

    But this TV show has absolutely nothing that captures the feel and Zeitgeist and spirit of The Punisher comic books, at any point in the various incarnations, versions, and writers / artists.

    One comment above summed it up, this TV show is just an illustration of a serial killer, not a man on a mission to punish criminals, which was what Frank Castle was all about.

    To say I was disappointed is putting it mildly.

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    gene108 says:


    Tellico Plains Police Department Chief Russ Parks said no one else was injured and no charges will be filed.
    “This was an accident. It was not intentional,” Chief Parks told ABC News.
    “It just slipped his mind that he recharged the weapon.”

    From the article.

    Even if I accidentally hit a family member with my car, causing them to require surgery, I would at least expect to get a citation for wreckless driving and not just be let off with a warning.

    I am not sure why we have such a permissive attitude towards accidental shootings.

    On the bright side the gun owner, who accidentally shot his wife will be getting rid of all his guns.

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    gene108 says:


    But this TV show has absolutely nothing that captures the feel and Zeitgeist and spirit of The Punisher comic books

    It is hard to capture the feeling of needing someone to punish criminals, when crime rates are low, places like Manhattan are safe and very upscale, and the mob is a shadow of its former self.

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    JPL says:

    @gene108: If “It just slipped his mind that he recharged the weapon.” wouldn’t that be an indication that he shouldn’t have the weapon?

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    p.a. says:

    Not a comic book guy, but have enjoyed many of the movies (as movies), and saw previews of Black Panther at Ragnarok. Is TNC involved w the movie? Or just the c books?

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Amir Khalid: Some rules may not apply. One of the greatest gifts the Cosmic Muffin has given all of his deepest believers is the ability to know when He did not mean a rule for that believer in that situation.

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    Schlemazel says:

    The Tick had my favorite version of the Punisher. He was incapable of much other than unloading vast numbers of bullets from multiple machine guns at once & the only line I remember him ever says was a pitiful “MY MOTHER NEVER LOVED ME!”

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    gene108 says:


    At the end of the article it says he is traumatized by the incident and is getting rid of his guns.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Well, at 81 with no thumb he might not be as quick on the fast draw any more.

    Seriously though, we worry about talking to the elderly about giving up driving, who ever thinks about talking to them about hanging up the shootin arns?

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Jeez, it was one shot:

    The bullet hit the gun-owner in the right hand before piercing his wife’s abdomen and exiting through her right forearm, ricocheting off the wall and landing by her wheelchair, according to police.


    Yeah, if I injured someone with my car I would get a ticket at the minimum, plus my car insurance would go up. I bet this guy’s gun insurance is going to skyrocket! Wait, what’s that you say?

    Plus the guy is 81. If a car had been involved, they’d be looking at whether to yank his license. Probably should do the same with his gun license. Wait, what?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: @gene108: First rule of gun ownership and handling: The gun is always loaded. Even after you unload it, making absolutely certain that there is not a round in the chamber, the gun is still loaded and you always, always, ALWAYS, treat it as such,

    That rule was drilled into my head from a very young age. There are other rules (never point it at something one does not intend to shoot, never “play around” with a gun, etc etc) but the FIRST rule is that the gun is always loaded.

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    The Thin Black Duke says:

    @HeartlandLiberal: Oddly enough, I think the only comic guy who was able to get a handle on the slippery moral ambiguity of the Punisher was Frank Miller. Then again, this was during his run on Daredevil when Miller was still a good writer and before he devolved into a loony Ayn Rand fanboy.

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    danielx says:

    Moar thread.

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    Schlemazel says:

    I don’t read all of Kos so it may still be going on & I am just missing it but there ws a weekly posting of all the accidental shootings for the week. It really is something that should be a regular feature of the Internet. A lot of “I thought it was unloaded” as well as dropped guns, toddlers shooting people and generally bad stuff that was just stupid. The number of deaths and injuries every week was staggering.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Steeplejack (phone): Yep, and yep. I read a while ago where a NC state legislator was hanging her coat in the cloakroom when her gun fell out of the coat pocket, hit the floor and went off. Fortunately nobody got shot (only a wall) but “It was just an accident.” First off, she forgot it was in the coat pocket? Or was she just going to leave it in the cloakroom? Second of all, way way way back when single action revolvers were the side arm of choice, this problem was common and it became common practice to leave the chamber under the hammer empty. Better engineering has fixed this problem and a firearm should not be able to fire from a fall or hard knock. Or has it? Maybe somebody should sue the manufacturer.

    Wait, what?

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    Raven says:

    @Steeplejack (phone): Proly a 9, plenty of velocity especially at 2 ft.

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    Schlemazel says:

    I have had ammosexuals tell me there is no way a gun can go off if dropped. I showed them examples and of course they called it all fake news. sigh

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Schlemazel: I keep an eye out for that stuff. Used to save it to a file for purposes of arguing with the brain dead NRA’ers. But it got so large and unwieldy I just stopped adding to it, then a computer crash ate it all and I never started it up again. Besides, I never changed any minds, the NRA does all their thinking for them. It’s just easier for them. Now they get to put all their brain power into figuring out whether the Bud Light by the case or the Miller Light by the 30 pack is the better deal..

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    Raven says:

    @Schlemazel: Good joke “How could you tell it was an ARVN rifle?” “Never fired and only dropped once”!!!!

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    Eric says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: whoa. I thought the first rule of gun ownership is you don’t talk about gun ownership. Or that might be something else.

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    Raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Yea, my Facebook is full of very well reasoned arguments about why Franken is different than Moore and I’m sure the tide is shifting because of them.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yeah. I didn’t want to get into a whole “clips/​magazines” technical discussion, but what struck me about that article was how much more powerful even handguns are these days. I think we have a tendency—or at least I do—to hear “old guy’s gun in church” and think of a little .38 revolver like we used to see on old TV shows. But no, even the geezers are packing state-of-the-art Glocks. It’s insane. Like everybody driving to work in a Formula 1 race car.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Steeplejack: Well, the rounds are the same no matter what kind of gun it is in. A 9 mm Luger is still a 9 mm Luger and while the bullet is the same size as a .38 it is less powerful because it has a smaller casing which holds less powder, and a .38 is less powerful than a .357 magnum for all the same rea…

    Oh wait a minute, you didn’t want to get into a technical discussion, did you? ;-)

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    Just one more canuck says:

    @Mnemosyne: 11 hours in a tin pan, god there’s got to be another way

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    Julia Grey says:

    @Mike in NC: Shetland’s great.

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    kindness says:

    Lily was in good hands there. You have a very nice family John.

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    Scott says:

    As long as you’re on Netflix, watch the Netflix movie Mudbound which streamed for the first time last night. Really good although a bit depressing,

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    Adria McDowell says:

    @Elizabelle: Aw, I’m so jealous! I used to live in Heidelberg (had my daughter there) and was stationed in Kitzingen a long time ago.

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    Jeffro says:

    @NotMax: the one where he was – somehow – turned African-American for a few issues, so that he could partner up with Luke Cage – that one was pretty odd

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    cain says:


    I guess he help settle the debate about bringing guns to a church. The gun is not a toy to show people no matter how tempting it would be. Shooting your own wife while she was in a wheelchair was probably pretty traumatic and something he’ll have to deal with.

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    cain says:


    To say I was disappointed is putting it mildly.

    It might be that he is on a journey and might get there, but right now he’s full of rage, and is going after everyone related to whoever killed his family.

    I have enjoyed it thus far, and it has some great acting in it. I would say give it a chance in the second season. I remember Arrow started off a little too much like a serial killer as well killing wantonly. But the character has settled.

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    No Drought No More says:

    Avacado toast sounds fantastic, and I’ve never heard of it, either. No doubt there are gourmet stores here in the Bay Area that could get away charging $30 a jar for “avocado jam”, too. The small jars of the stuff, I mean.

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