I have modified the carmelization instructions to use one seven quart cast iron contrivance on the large burner of a gas stove at max heat with a lot of long handled wood spoon tossing of the onion fragments; it takes 20 minutes and they are perfectly carmelized.
There was money and language in the now famous 2.2 trillion dollar disaster relief bill that was for the purpose of assuring that there would be a general election in 2020.
The money was for an all mail system.
The language laid out the guidelines for implementing that system.
The reason for the money and the language was to assure that we actually have an election in 2020, and to assure that donnie can't declare himself president for life.
The republicans took all that out of the bill.
When signing the bill into law donnie noted that there was no way he would have signed a bill that endorsed and funded an all mail voting system.
"Never be any republicans elected" he noted.
So he signed into law a bill that, by his admission implements a major nation-wide form of voter suppression.
The republican legislature of Wisconsin just said the same thing when they forced next week's election to be primarily walk in: "we can't have mail in voting; too many Democrats" was the battle cry in the state's Capital.
It's nice when the cards are all face up so you know when you're being screwed.
Too bad it's the 232 year old country known as the United States of America that is the victim.
“This will be extremely devastating to Republicans and conservatives in Georgia... Every registered voter is going to get one of these. … This will certainly drive up turnout.” -- Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, 4/1/20
“They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again.” -- President Donald Trump on Fox News, 3/30/20
To know why the chestnuts you need to read the book.
But chestnuts, previous post, "Paris Soon To Be Seen" being exhibit A, are beautiful things.
Their little palm tree greens when they first pop in spring; their morbid grey bark in the deep of winter; their hummingbird narcotic flowers as the leaves begin to mature; and their full blown, just at the cusp of summer leaves are all things of beauty; and they tell a tale of the cycle, the clock, the grinding never ending march of time, and its inevitable, accelerating run to oblivion.
We have decided to live - or die - it out at our home on an Island.
That's - surprisingly - north of Victoria, so, it's north of Canada.
We have taken to spending a part of each morning watching the daily Andrew Cuomo briefing.
New York is a long way from our Island, and it's similarities - a huge state with a huge population, most of which lives in a huge, but dense city - to a small island with a few thousand people in the Salish Sea are, at first thought, non existent.
But, a little more thinking reveals an interesting fact: Islanders like us, just like New Yorkers, are Americans; like New Yorkers, we want to continue living, and we look to experts, reinforced by leaders, for facts, information, candor and - yes - leadership.
Governor Cuomo is such a refreshing counterpoint to the Cavalcade of Dunces that appears daily at the White House; the Dunce in Chief fades off into a cloud of hysterical reality TV laughter when compared to the Governor.
Too bad America has a sociopath pretending to be leader, but who is actually an incompetent, a liar, a huckster, a grifter and a criminal.
How many lives is it going to take?
The dunce in chief says 100,000.
That's up quite a bit higher from where he started not long ago.
I guess, he's market driven, and 100,000 is a lot higher, and therefore better, than just a few.
But fathoming what passes as thought with donnie defies reason.
However, just when things look a little bleak something good shows up.
I have heard that Larry Kudlow - the Covid-19 Czar - will announce soon that the White House will issue an order prohibiting any public discourse on the part of the nation's 50 governors.
"They are all out to get the president" was the terse statement accompanying the gag order.
Alternately, it is rumored that the president will announce that he is about to replace Anthony Fauci with Sarah Palin.
Something about expertise with death squads.
The gag order is expected to be expanded soon to cover every American living or dead.
No utterance, including written reference to statements made by Americans over history will be allowed until after the election.
"All those quotes from past presidents are all making the president look bad; those quotes are the culmination of a multi century plot to make president trump look bad; we just can't have this" said Mr. Kudlow.
Mike Pence stared blankly into space at the announcement meeting.
His resemblance to Little Orphan Annie continues to amaze and amuse.
I shared this image with a birder friend of ours and she said that it wasn't a Eurasian teal, because Eurasian teal don't exist.
I had called it a Eurasian teal for the following reason, cut and pasted from an email:
"Also she mentioned that I had taken pictures of what I thought
was a Eurasian Teal.
Actually I didn’t think that there was such a thing, but the
bird that I had a picture of didn’t look like a widgeon – starting with the fact
that it was smaller than a widgeon - but it did look like a teal, and was the
so I did a search and got this image gallery".
That notwithstanding, our friend knows a lot more about birds than my wife and I do, so she and I - my wife and I - in tandem did more research.
My wife got the prize for research that closed the case:
"We were puzzled about Teals, so I went to Sibley and discovered that there
is a Eurasian (Common) Teal that’s a subspecies of Green-winged Teal. It’s a
rare but regular visitor from Eurasia. They hang out among flocks of
Green-winged Teal and look very much like the Green-winged with the following
difference: The breeding male has a horizontal white scapular stripe, but no
vertical white shoulder bar, which is an identifier of an adult breeding
Green-winged Teal (Noel’s bird has that). Interestingly, an American x Eurasian
intergrade adult male has both a white bar on its breast and a white stripe on
So, you’re correct. Noel’s bird is definitely a Green-winged Teal."
I hope this has made your lives in covid-ville more enjoyable than they might otherwise have been.