The Watering Hole, Tuesday November 18, 2014

Michael Pollan Talks Turkey

Something to get us ready for the T-Day. Thank goodness that there were farmers who kept alive heritage breeds and seeds. Quality is coming back to our food system, a little at a time. And the Slow Food Movement has been one of the biggest influences on healthy farm to table eating.

Health in every slow bite.

A Narragansett heritage breed turkey

36 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday November 18, 2014

  1. Well, I was supposed to work until 6am. Then the power glitched and the machine wouldn’t let me set the axis zeroes where they needed to be. (I know this doesn’t make sense to y’all, but that’s what happened.)
    So, I’m home, starting the woodstove yet again, getting the house warm before I sack out here.

  2. If you caught Lawrence O’Donnell last night, or even if you didn’t, this is the article by conservative writer Chris Ladd of the Houston Chronicle, that Lawrence referenced.

    The Missing Story Of The 2014 Election

    The Blue Wall is block of states that no Republican Presidential candidate can realistically hope to win. Tuesday that block finally extended to New Hampshire, meaning that at the outset of any Presidential campaign, a minimally effective Democratic candidate can expect to win 257 electoral votes without even trying. That’s 257 out of the 270 needed to win.

    Arguably Virginia now sits behind that wall as well. Democrats won the Senate seat there without campaigning in a year when hardly anyone but Republicans showed up to vote and the GOP enjoyed its largest wave in modern history. Virginia would take that tally to 270. Again, that’s 270 out of 270.

    This is the effect I tried to impart to my co-workers in 2012, who kept telling me Romney was going to win.

    Ladd ends his article with this:

    This was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.

    We haven’t been those things since Reagan was elected. We need to end Republican influence in Washington for several generations, until the Republican party reverts back to the platform of the Eisenhower administration.

    • I would put it this way, using all but five of his words:

      “This was a dark week for . . . everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant . . . nation.”

      If he happens to be correct on the electoral vote distribution, and if it stays that way for the foreseeable, then there remains a faint hope that the US can either defeat or postpone its collapse into a fascist oligarchy. But I won’t hold my breath in anticipation, not until progressives have a solid — 6:3 would be nice — and ENDURING Supreme Court majority. Can it happen? Only if there are no Republican presidents in the next quarter century, give or take a year or two. And somehow the progressive court’s first chore has got to be the overturn of Citizens United and a commensurate mandate that elections be publicly financed, with only either small or (preferably) zero private contributions allowed for any given candidate. The equating of money with speech was perhaps the most dastardly assault of the concept of a democratic republic that’s been put into effect since the Constitution was ratified.

      • Republicans have learned how to control the government with a minority in the Senate.

        They also have a base of religious zealots that can be counted upon to vote in every election.

        • Yep, the Senate is worthless unless Dems get a 60+ majority, and even then I’d have to see positive action to believe it. The bottom line is that the system is broken. It was broken by and in favor of the politic which favors wealth accumulation and unlimited power over everything else, especially over the well-being of about 99% pf the population. And the additional problem comes from the long term and obviously successful effort by that same politic to alter the educational process from one that teaches fact and truth to one that is propaganda-based, non-science, and pro-theology.

          And unfortunately for the nation, that particular politic currently enjoys a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court, and it has demonstrated its bias many times in the last number of years, a bias that’s clearly firmly committed to the rich and powerful, and NOT to you and me.

          Bernie Sanders remarked just a day or two ago the the country may have already gone past the tipping point in presidential elections, to now have reached the scenario where billionaires select the president (and I presume senators & representatives as well), a scenario where the 99% either have no say or they are taught to tow the mark.

          If so, we be done.

    • Yes, indeedy, and embrace those 80 – 90 % top tax brackets, along with the minimization of the MIC.

    • I was reading something recently about Nixon and it reminded me that the beginning of the downfall of the Republican Party started with Nixon. Reagan started the downfall of our democracy.

  3. “The Blue Wall is block of states that no Republican Presidential candidate can realistically hope to win. Tuesday that block finally extended to New Hampshire, meaning that at the outset of any Presidential campaign, a minimally effective Democratic candidate can expect to win 257 electoral votes without even trying. That’s 257 out of the 270 needed to win.

    Arguably Virginia now sits behind that wall as well. Democrats won the Senate seat there without campaigning in a year when hardly anyone but Republicans showed up to vote and the GOP enjoyed its largest wave in modern history. Virginia would take that tally to 270.”

      • I’m not used to the idea that I can make pictures in comments yet. That pic would have gotten your attention better.

        Regardless of what happens in midterm elections, the idea that Democrats have an impenetrable ‘Blue Wall’ in presidential years means Hillary Clinton isn’t the presumptive nominee because ‘only Hillary can guarantee a win’. It means Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders could do just as well.

  4. If the laws in Ferguson are the same as in California, the soldiers in the National Guard can murder people with absolute immunity from prosecution – criminal or civil.

    • Mississippi Group Seeks To Declare Christianity As State Religion??
      Idiots.
      They can’t even detect the spittle with which they are desecrating the Constitution.
      Mucking Forons.

      • That’s the funny part. They think that adding “The acknowledgments hereby secured shall not be construed to transgress either the national or the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights” means that they aren’t violating the Constitution. They just can’t seem to grasp the fact that people who are violating the Constitution aren’t the ones who get to decide if their actions violate the Constitution any more than criminals get to decide if they have broken the law or people who say offensive things get to decide if the offended party is offended.

        • Why don’t they just secede and join the nation of Reagan? I might contribute as much as one month’s S.S. “raise” (about $15, I’m estimating) come January. I can go without a box of sangria for a month if only they’ll vacate the premises.

    • I’m guessing the shutdown will happen, and in the process the teabaggers et McConnell et Boner will cleverly craft a way to blame everything on Obama.

      In case Obama should read this, I suggest he quote FDR: “They are unanimous in their hate for me–and I welcome their hatred.” Might not stop the shutdown, but it would be quotable on the Sunday talk shows.

      ISIS and Ebola are only distant enemies that shouldn’t be all that concerning. The Republican Party, meanwhile, has essentially become a close-at-hand political terrorist group with oligarchic goals, and they had better be stopped soon, or it will be the worse for us.

      • Boehner and McConnell will not be able to control Ted Cruz and his band of Teabirchers. A government shutdown? You betcha. Impeachment proceedings? You betcha. What else is on their list? They will focus like a laser beam on privatizing Social Security and Medicare.

        • Yep, I agree. The shutdown stands a good chance, impeachment might make it thru the House but since it need 67 votes in the Senate, it’ll fail. SS and Medicare are always on the wingnut docket, but Obama will veto any bad stuff they bring him.

          Next job is to win the White House again in 2016 (Sanders/Warren ??) and asap regain the House and Senate. Throw the seditious bums out once and for all.

        • In my opinion, the only way Democrats are going to get elected is to defend SS and Medicare, and they need to paint real ugly scary pictures of rich people stepping over senior beggars while going to their fancy restaurants, just as was the case in the 30’s before SS was enacted. Old teabaggers need to be scared straight.

  5. Judge Refuses To Toss Perry Case On Technicalities

    A Texas judge has refused to quash two felony indictments for abuse of power against Gov. Rick Perry on technicalities, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue.

    The governor’s defense team had sought to have the proceedings dismissed, arguing that the special prosecutor bringing them wasn’t properly sworn in and some paperwork wasn’t correctly filed.

    But an 18-page ruling Tuesday by District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, sided with prosecutor Michael McCrum.

  6. So Keystone XL failed to get 60 votes in a Senate vote. Now, go back home and lose your election, Mary Landrieu.

    • And btw, Mary Landrieu said on the Senate floor that Keystone XL will “create millions of jobs”. I have finally encountered a lying sack of shit Democrat who I would vote against in a heartbeat if given the chance. I don’t care how bad her opponent is. She’s an embarrassment.

    • And I predict that this will be the first example that the GOoPers will cite to change the filibuster rules so that “important bills will get the up or down vote they deserve”.

      • You are very optimistic as Republicans are lazy and I don’t expect them to get to much work done, after all, there will be that government shutdown which will deduct the number of calendar days that they work and then there is the lawsuit which will take some of their time and let’s not forget impeachment. There just won’t be enough work days in 2015 and 2016 to write any bills let alone pass any.

    • Michael Bennet, Colorado’s remaining Dem Senator, lost all of my support today when he voted for the KXL. I won’t vote for his Republican opposition when next he’s up, but I won’t vote for him either. I’ll never support either stupidity or financial backer game-playing — assuming there’s a difference between the two.

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