Sunday Roast: What’s for Dinner?

Weirdly enough, it’s December AGAIN.  Where did this year go?

Anyhoo, this seems to be the time of year when people are interested in cooking a big holiday dinner for the family and friends.  Not me, of course, but some other people.  You know who you are.  🙂

So I thought to myself, “Self, why not do food posts for the month of December?”  And I replied, “Self, that seems like not all that much work…I mean, GREAT IDEA!!  People will love this!!”

Well, ’tis the season of giving, so I give you a lovely ham video.  Personally, I’m glad I’m not scrubbing that pan after dinner.  Yikes.

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33 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: What’s for Dinner?

  1. Jake Tapper just put Marco Rubio in a twist over his vote against banning gun sales to persons on the no-fly list. First he’s against the list because it’s not accurate, then he’s against ignoring it because there are individuals on it who might be terrorists.

    • The primary flaw with the No-Fly List is that it’s not a list of people who might be terrorists. It’s a list of names of people who might be terrorists. How Sen Ted Kennedy ended up on that list is anybody’s guess.

    • One of the vendors with whom I’ve worked for the past 15 years, and is someone I think of as a friend (in that loose sense), is from Newtown, CT (as are family of my own.) He knew some of those kids. He attended some of those funerals. It happened, and it’s still devastating and it still hurts and it will hurt a lot more for all of them next week on the third anniversary.

      I forget what the name of the argument is where you presume an outcome based on its plausibility, not on whether or not it actually happened. Where you think that because you can explain why your theory might be right, it must prove that it is right. (I’m sure Gary knows.) But that’s what these conspiracy theorists appear to be doing. They make a claim about these events, and then argue that because they can explain why it might be true, that it proves it must be true. You could use that argument to “prove” God exists and has played a hand in every event in human history just by saying the role he played was small, but it was there, and you can’t prove it wasn’t. The end result is that rather than them proving themselves right, they loudly argue that we have to prove them wrong, thus doing all the work for them.

      Sandy Hook happened. I don’t have the evidence of personal experience, but I’ve been friends with someone who does know some of the people involved. If there was any reason to doubt it did, he would have told me something was suspicious. He said from the beginning it happened and has never once wavered in that. And I have good reason to believe him on this.

      So fuck you, Alex Jones and all of your insane followers. Stop hurting people you don’t know.

      • The Boston bombing was also, according to Alex Jones, a False Flag, a conspiracy (probably by Obama, as most are). I forget why he says it, but it apparently makes sense to those who want to believe in that sort of crap. I don’t pay any attention to idiots like Jones, only run across them when they make the news for their idiocy. I do seem to recall that Ebola was also some sort of conspiracy, one that would Africanize Amurkkka, something like that.

        What puzzles me most about these Jonesian buttcakes is the fact that they have hordes of people who believe their every word. There’s an older couple lives near here that are scared shitless of everything out there that moves, thanks to their allegiance to Jones. They even wear face masks when they travel somewhere — Ebola, first of all, anthrax, gas, also. They’re classic teabagger nuts — won’t even use microwaves to heat or cook — they linger and will cook your insides, y’ know. I imagine Obama’s behind it, kinda like Michele and her school lunch recommendations are part of a conspiracy to do something bad (I forget what) to the next generations of school kids.

        It keeps getting worse with every passing day.

  2. If you watch Face the Nation today for Bernie Sanders, he’s on just before the end of the first half hour, and carries over to the second.

  3. Carter: Cancer is gone

    Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday his cancer is gone.

    Carter, 91, made the announcement near the beginning of the Sunday School class he was teaching at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, a close friend and fellow church member said.

    “He said he got a scan this week and the cancer was gone,” Jill Stuckey said by phone from Maranatha, where Carter was still in the midst of teaching to about 350 people, many of them visitors. “The church, everybody here, just erupted in applause.”

    Carter said in August that doctors had found four small melanoma lesions on his brain. The discovery followed the removal of a lesion on his liver that took about ten percent of the organ. He said he would receive four drug treatments, along with radiation therapy, and that he would cut back significantly on his schedule.

    I had Ol’ Jimmy written off when I heard he had this, but I sure hope he’s got this beat!

    • hmm. A bit odd he’d be declared cancer-fee in such a short time. Five years with no sign of cancer used to be the criteria.

      Good for Jimmy!

  4. On ‘Reliable Sources’, Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler on why fact checking Trump is not much fun: “With Trump the statements he makes are often so absurd, that you can instantly find out, why it’s wrong and how it’s wrong, and you know, it’s not that interesting, frankly.”

    • Brian Stelter, Reliable Sources: “Do you chalk the dismissive treatment from some of the press up to media bias or is it something else?”
      Dan Abrams, founder of Mediaite, : “It’s both, it’s both. It’s both a bias against what he’s saying and then, there’s also the fact that he’s making certain things up, and the media hates it when you go and you fact check it, right and you say this guy said this, and it turns out it’s not true, and no one cares.”

  5. Lindsey Graham wants an army to go in and destroy ISIL. According to him, ISIL is planning a 9-11 style attack here in the US but if we go over there we can stop it. He even said we have to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here.
    A man who was born here perpetrated a terror attack, but we can stop the next home-grown extremist if we put 50,000-100,000 troops back into the Middle East immediately.

  6. Teh Stupid remains alive and well.

    John Kasich Worries We Will ‘Tip Off’ Terrorists If They Can’t Buy Guns While On The Watch List

    “When our law enforcement stops somebody that’s on the watch list, we don’t tell them they are on the watch list,” he explained. “We want to make sure we can exploit all the information that we can possibly get.”

    “So, if all of the sudden you tell everybody that’s on the watch list that you can’t do this or that then guess what happens? Then we lose our ability to track, we lose our ability to gather information,” he added. “So I think we have to be careful.”

    • Why would people who know they are extremists not think they are being watched already? And besides, the entire point of these lists is to stop people from doing harm to others. If denying them the purchase of assault weapons stops them from harming others, its purpose has been met.

      We don’t “track” people once they;re on the No Fly List. WE were “tracking” them already, that’s how their name ended up there.

      • Kasich is a Republican. Funny how those four words — _____________ is a Republican — explain just about every public/private stupid utterance one hears today, tomorrow, yesterday, last week month year . . .

        Are we on the steep downward slope, or what??

        • “______” is a Conservative explains it better. There are Conservative Democrats (a/k/a “ConservaDems”) who are just as guilty of the horrid logic used by their like-minded Republican colleagues.

          It’s easy to ascribe thoughts and words to them being “Republicans,” but it’s important to remember that they say these things because they’re Conservatives, first and foremost. It’s the ideology that’s bad for America, not the party itself. The Republican Party, the true party of Lincoln, used to be more Liberal in the 50s and 60s. They’ve purged just about every Liberal since (I think Sen Mark Hatfield was the last), while the Dems have recruited more Conservatives to win seats in the red states. But the Conservative ideology, based in its roots on Selfishness, is a bad way to govern a nation of people who are supposed to be free because by its own very nature, they don’t trust anyone who is different.

          • No argument. I used the word “Republican” because, like you point out, there are no more liberal or moderate Republicans like there were back in the old days of my youth. Today, they’re all ‘conservatives’ (the polite word), though probably a more accurate label would be either ‘fascists’ or maybe, as Noam Chomsky has labelled them, “Radical Insurgents.” I tend to accept with the notion that “conservative” is way too kind, in this day and age.

            And yes, there are a handful of conservadems — Blue Dogs? — still out there. We seem to have one-a-dem from here in Colorado — Sen. Michael Bennet — who comes up way short on the liberal/progressive side of the coin but still calls himself a Democrat. The only way I’ll ever vote for him in 2016 is if he’s the only Dem candidate available. He may be, but a huge number of Colorado Dems feel exactly as I do, and are hoping that maybe Mark Udall will resurface and regain the seat he lost to a “Radical Insurgent” last year.

            Meanwhile, we’re saving up an escape fund, just in case the Radical Insurgents gain control of all three branches next year. Whether Sweden or maybe somewhere in the South Seas we’ve not decided yet, but neither of us are interested in hanging around if/when the fascist radical insurgents (Republican “conservatives”) are popular enough to claim ownership.

            I can say one thing with authority: Ich bin (NOT) ein Berliner.

            • But the problem with ascribing the problem to Republicans and not Conservatives is that people start to think the problem is Republicans, not Conservatives. And there are Conservatives who are not Republicans who are also a big part of the problem. And their philosophy of Conservatism isn’t valid because it’s not based on Reality. A false premise implies anything, and the entire premise of their philosophy is false.

              And, FTR, I never once implied Liberalism was 100% right, either. But at least it’s not based on pure lies, bigotry, xenophobia, and selfishness, so it has to be better.

            • Agreed again. I guess I just tend to paint with that wide brush, esp when, to my eye, the paint all comes from the same bucket and is of the same color.

              And yes, Liberalism is not the perfect answer — there may not be a perfect answer — but it’s the best answer and, if reality ever shows up amongst the masses, it’ll be the only ‘real’ answer.

          • Mark Hatfield was the only Republican I’ve ever voted for in 53 years of excersizing my constitutional duty, way backback in 1977. I don’t regret that choice.

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