Just a Reminder

I’m so old I remember when the right wing collectively lost their shit when President BLACKITY BLACK BLACK BLACK politely noted that perhaps a cop shouldn’t have been an asshole to a black man on his front porch. The world stopped, we had to have a beer summit, and wingnuts and their cohorts in the media and PBA’s across the nation screamed that the Kenyan usurper hated law enforcement and this was proof.

Trump just fired a lifelong law enforcement officer to fuck him out of his pension, and wingnuts are cheering. Funny that, hunh?

Also, last check- has anyone not received their calendar before I give away the remaining few to anyone who will take them?

75 replies
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    rikyrah says:

    Afternoon, Cole.

    Animal pictures are always welcome. Your posse is so beautiful, each in their different ways.

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    rikyrah says:

    We now know, without hesitation, that the GOP supports TREASON against this country.
    And, now that we know it, they should be treated accordingly.

    When I say that they should never be allowed to say the word PATRIOTISM ever again…I mean it.

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    I’m so old and cynical it does not surprise me. Disgust, however, is on-going.

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    satby says:

    Open thread? The mushroom sellers next to me gave me double the amount of fresh oyster mushrooms (like 2 lbs) and now I’m trying to decide what to do with them all. Already have 1/2 a mushroom quiche to finish, so not that. Suggestions welcome.

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    bemused says:


    Nor moral, family values, christian, yada, yada.

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    satby says:

    @Magda in Black: Contempt is how I feel about them. Disgust is so 2016.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    The Mashup of Fox news stating that Obama was a complete and utter incompetent because he said he would talk to North Korea compared with Fox stating that DJT should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for exactly the same thing is exactly why the media in the US is completely and utterly fucked up.

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    Mike J says:

    @satby: Pizza? Smothered atop a steak? Lasagna?

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Speaking of calendars, shouldn’t Balloon Juice adopt UMBC for March Madness? A team named the Retrievers upset the Number 1 team in the tournament. Of course John’s home state is going to have tomorrow. West Virginia vs. Marshall

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    Lets make it both. 😊

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    NYCMT says:

    @satby: Thai soup? Fresh oyster mushrooms and a light butter sauce on pappardelle? Mushroom bourekas?

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    satby says:

    @Mike J: leaning toward fettuccine with tossed sauteed mushrooms.

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    satby says:

    @NYCMT: ok, gotta look two of those up.

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    Mary G says:

    I love these Parkland kids:

    The NRA is unfair
    LaPierre is in there
    Sitting in closed sessions
    Plotting his oppressions

    #MarchForOurLives https://t.co/VoWPuqUzmL— 🔥HƆƧTIƎᗡ ИAYЯ🔥 (@Ryan_Deitsch) March 17, 2018

    ETA: always forget that embedding messes up line breaks, so I added them back

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    rikyrah says:

    Mushroom Pilaf?

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @satby: Various east-asian stir-fries and risotto are where we usually use oyster mushrooms. Though I think NYCMT’s sauce sounds excellent.

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    Yarrow says:

    @satby: You can also add a little cream to make a cream sauce.

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    cosima says:

    @satby: Had an amazing dinner at a friend’s house last weekend and she served a mushroom + gnocchi dish that was amazing (I could eat mushrooms every meal, but Mr & Little C hate them). I’ve asked for the recipe, but don’t have it yet. Chicken + mushroom + garlic (all hot) on a (cold) salad w/vinaigrette dressing = best.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    If there’s one thing the ongoing Trump Debacle has made clear, it’s that both the media and republicans won’t ever reach bottom. The media will claim something is “controversial”, or “critics say this is probably illegal”, while Republicans will pretend they’re ashamed and then cheer Trump on wholeheartedly.

    There is literally no depth to which they will not sink.

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    satby says:

    Ok, I am going with NYCMT’s suggestion but using fettuccini because that’s what I have. It’s a huge amount of mushrooms though, so I may get puff pastry at the store and make the bourekas too, because those sound delicious!
    Thanks everyone!

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    Yutsano says:

    @satby: You could go French on them, which is actually a good spread to have around.

    Or send them to me…

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    Yarrow says:

    @satby: Here’s a whole page on oyster mushrooms from “Wild About Mushrooms.”

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    Anyone want to look at 30 teasers for THE WIND READER (my Sept book) and pick the 10 they like the best? On the plus side, you get to read the teasers! On the minus side, you have to read the teasers! They’re maybe 50 words each at most.

    If this is your desired activity for a Saturday, email me at dawinsor at dawinsor dot com

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    @Mike J: Why spoil perfectly good food with fungus?

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    Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et Al.) says:

    I know a few people who still think Gates did something wrong. He should have been nicer. He shouldn’t have talked back. He should have done this. He shouldn’t have done that. It’s always the Black guy’s fault.

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    @satby: Quick shrimp and mushroom curry

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    That beer summit thingie was the height of stupidity.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Yutsano: Makes a lovely filling for crêpes, which anyone with a frying pan can make, or for omelettes.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @cosima: Do share when you receive it! That sounds fantastic.

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    James E. Powell says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et Al.):

    There are so many white people who say, “I’ve never had a problem with police” who have no awareness as to why that is so.

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    RepubAnon says:

    The right wing is really good about punching someone in the nose, and them complaining that they’re the real victims because they hurt their knuckles. As the mainstream press is owned by rich people, they cheerfully publish Republican lies and carefully criticize any truths told by Democrats.

    We need to get outraged and have a simple, one-sentence mantra to drill into the media. Republicans are traitors should do the trick.

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    As the mainstream press is owned by rich people

    Not merely owned. Consider the age, economic status, ethnicity and gender of the great majority of national news folk, and the leaders of their social group.

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    @Frankensteinbeck: They are Rs and mostly male, prime T demographic

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    Kelly says:

    @James E. Powell: I have a few friends and relatives that are retired policemen. I had a conversation with a couple of them years ago about profiling. They are completely confident that they know a bad guy when they see one and that most experienced officers can as well. They were concerned that there are innocent looking bad guys that get past them. If I recall correctly the conversation started over some statistics that were being compiled on police stops. They considered it an annoyance. In my IT career we used statistics to find the most important weak points and cost saving measures I was very supportive of collecting stats and was only wondering if the stats were measuring the right things. They scoffed at any measurements at all.

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    Yarrow says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Do you have a recipe or can you describe how you make this? The words “quick” and “curry” don’t really go together in my mind. Unless I’m just opening a jar of curry sauce or something.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @satby: chicken Marsala

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Kelly: In the Illuminati series the chief anarchist deliberately drives a BMW, wears good clothes, has short hair, looks as while as a Scandinavian as him can, avoids anything to superficially mark him as counter culture so no cops pulls him over while he smuggles massive amounts drugs in the trunk of his bouis mobile.

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    @Yarrow: No jarred sauce, please, that would be blasphemy. It is inspired by Madhur Jaffrey’s recipe from her Quick and Easy Indian cooking book

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I have my calendar and am in love with Kemba and Bunnzola.

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    Barry says:

    @satby: “Open thread? The mushroom sellers next to me gave me double the amount of fresh oyster mushrooms (like 2 lbs) and now I’m trying to decide what to do with them all. Already have 1/2 a mushroom quiche to finish, so not that. Suggestions welcome.”

    Cook them with olive oil, white wine, back pepper, salt, rosemary, sage and thyme.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Kelly:During Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Stop and Frisk program which was nothing more than racism of the New York cops. It was discovered that drug dealers were using White couriers to move drugs, since they rarely touched.

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    cosima says:

    @Betty Cracker: It is the Gnocchi w/Wild Mushroom & Rosemary Ragu from ‘The Accidental Vegetarian’ by Simon Rimmer. I’m going to have to find that cookbook!

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    Yarrow says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Well, then count me as blasphemous. I have used jars of various sauces on occasion. I do not have that cookbook, so I guess I’ll just have to wonder how to make it.

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    @Yarrow: Here you go.
    1 tsp mustard seed
    1 green chili split lengthwise (serrano or Thai birds eye)
    2 to 3 cloves of garlic chopped
    1 tbsp oil
    1/2 tsp cayenne
    1/4 tsp turmeric
    1 tsp sugar
    1 tbsp tomato paste
    1 cup shrimp shelled (any size)
    1 cup mushrooms sliced
    salt to taste
    1/2 cup chopped cilantro
    1/2 cup water
    2 tbsp heavy cream or coconut milk

    Heat the oil in thick bottomed pan (Calphalon, cast iron ).
    When it is hot, add mustard seeds, when the mustard seeds start popping add the tomato sauce, dry spices and garlic.
    Saute for a couple of minutes, then add shrimp, toss till all the shrimp are coated.
    Then add the mushrooms, coat them with the spice mix.
    Add salt.
    Add water and simmer for 5 min
    Add heavy cream or coconut milk
    Add a dash of lime and the cilantro.
    Take it off the heat, as soon as the shrimp start turning pink

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    Elizabelle says:

    @schrodingers_cat: This has no mushrooms, whatsoever, but came up while I was surfing today.

    Irish blog with a recipe for crockpot chicken tikka masala. Seemed a good item for today. CHEATER CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

    Once upon a time in Ireland, white Irish Protestants were virtually the only minority segment of the the overwhelmingly white Irish Catholic population. Now Ireland has the youngest population in the EU and its monocultural, monotheistic nature has given way to a newfound multicultural Ireland complete with religious and ethnic diversity including [list of scads of nationalities]. …

    In the 1980’s and 1990’s many Indians immigrated to Ireland to work as doctors and nurses to replace Irish medical professionals who emigrated elsewhere. As the Irish economy boomed during the Celtic Tiger era, more and more Indians immigrated to Ireland to work in all kinds of jobs. Now, the South Asian population is thought to make up 1 to 3 percent of the total population of Ireland. Interestingly, the establishment of Indian restaurants in Ireland pre-dates the most significant waves of Indian immigration to the country by over half a century.

    The first Indian restaurant in Ireland opened in 1908 … pre-dating London’s first Indian restaurant by three years… [but] only lasted a year. [More sprang up in the 1950s and 60s.] At first, these restaurants primarily served Indian students studying at Trinity and their adventurous Irish companions. By the late 1980’s the Indian population in Ireland was larger and more Irish people were familiar with Indian food.

    … The origins of chicken tikka masala are uncertain. Did it come from India? Glasgow? England? Wherever it came from, there’s no question that it is an incredibly popular dish in England, Scotland and Ireland. And it’s delicious. It’s even delicious when you make a cheater version like this one.

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    Kelly says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques: I know of a few stories like that that happened in real life.

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    Aleta says:

    @Barry: oh yum

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    @Yarrow: Another quick and delicious shrimp recipe
    Green chutney shrimp

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    Kelly says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: It may have been part of what started the conversation. What stuck with me was their confidence in their experience and complete dismissal of measurements.

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    Yarrow says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Thank you! That sounds delicious. Doesn’t look too difficult. I don’t keep all those ingredients on hand but I do have most of them. My cilantro (in the garden) keeps bolting so I have to buy it and I almost never remember.

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    Kelly says:

    Off the eat corned beef and cabbage at Mom’s!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    I’ll take a calendar if you’re just giving them away.

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    Another Scott says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Have Cole send you the two that I ordered that never showed up. With my complements!


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    kindness says:

    I wonder how rank & file intel folk feel now. They’re a conservative bunch. No doubt, Republicans mostly. Do they feel screwed? Do they feel Bay of Pigs screwed?

    I hope so.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @RepubAnon: that and Republican policies literally kill people works for me as far as messaging

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    Ksmiami says:

    @zhena gogolia: that’s my baby- my 7 year old Canadian Husky

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    satby says:

    So I went to the store since I needed puff pastry and coffee filters. I came back to such great suggestions that I will have no problem using these up in wonderfully tasty ways. Thanks all!

    @Yutsano: I wish I could share them with someone, there’s lots. Fortunately I love mushrooms too. This is the market neighbor stand, scroll down to the beautiful picture of the mushrooms. Just amazing variety!

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    Dave says:

    @Kelly: Honestly most organizations don’t handle criticism very well. From everything I’ve seen, and of course this is anecdotal, police are the absolute worst group at even entertaining the idea that criticism can be legitimate.

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    @Another Scott: Actually, I don’t need two. And you should get your copies, may be you can email Cole with your contact info again?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    So sweet! I adore huskies. Our neighbor’s son has two puppies whom I got to snorgle this morning.

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    J R in WV says:

    Hi John,

    I just hit up the PayPal donation button for a gift to B-J – of course PayPal wanted my address, so I entered it. If you could send a couple of calendars my way I would be grateful, or even three, for the neighbors.

    Thanks for all you do!

    JR in WV

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    dance around in your bones says:

    John, my calendar never arrived. Do i send you an email ? Promise it won’t be ALL CAPS 😎

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    Cckids says:

    @satby: My sister makes a Hungarian mushroom soup that’s amazing. Has hot paprika & cream. I’m on my phone, so can’t find it, but googling “Hungarian mushroom soup” will get it for you.

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    nycmt says:

    @Cckids: hot paprika from a tube? Satby, enjoy the mushrooms – I had that butter sauce on pasta dish in San Gimignano in a little restaurant called Peruca

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    Steeplejack says:


    Rimmer’s recipe for gnocchi with wild mushrooms is in this Guardian article (“potato dumplings,” about halfway down).

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    Sebastian says:


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    Ksmiami says:

    @zhena gogolia: they r the best dogs 🐕 if you are active etc…

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    tybee says:


    Saute for a couple of minutes, then add shrimp, toss till all the shrimp are coated.
    Then add the mushrooms, coat them with the spice mix.
    Add salt.
    Add water and simmer for 5 min
    Add heavy cream or coconut milk
    Add a dash of lime and the cilantro.
    Take it off the heat, as soon as the shrimp start turning pink

    at those times to cook, those shrimp are pink long before you add the coconut milk

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    Jay C says:

    OK: according to Paypal, I just bought one (1) John G. Cole for an amazing low price.
    If I can get a free BJ calendar along with my purchase, I’ll take it.
    Email me if you need mailing details

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    NotMax says:

    @Jay C

    I just bought one (1) John G. Cole

    Get the extended warranty!


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    Ann Marie says:

    I didn’t receive my calendar. Mail to my office is a mess, though, so it could still be sitting in a post office central place where all my packages go to die.

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