Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wild Bill asks: Did the feds pay the rioters in Ferguson, defends Michelle Malkin, and dumps on Alex Jones...

asking questions that need answers.

Disclaimer:

I'm not a huge fan of Michelle Malkin, who, through the lucky founding of Hot Air, has been thrust onto the national scene.  I find her to be shrill and, well, call me silly, but somewhat unladylike.  I gravitate more toward the Phyllis Schlafly and Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt types to inform me.  Both of these women are intelligent, well-educated, and able to present their views without screeching and flapping their hands about. 

This is not to say that Michelle Malkin is not a good person or not smart.  She's, no doubt, both.  I just don't like listening to her, and prefer to see her in print. 

I'm even less of a fan of Alex Jones, who feeds into irrational paranoia of the masses and is also shrill.  The biggest problem with Alex Jones is the kernels of truth that are buried in some of his rants, so that the easily led can pluck them out and say, "See, I told you so."

Bill's defense of Michelle Malkin as to Alex Jones stalking and screaming at her in Denver during the 2008 Democratic National Convention  is right.  Jones behavior was, indeed, reprehensible, and she certainly didn't deserve to be screamed at even if she does flap her hands about which is way better than Alex Jones flapping his mouth.

Bill asks the question, "Were Ferguson protesters paid by Eric Holder?" 

Bill, prudent as always, cautions restraint when it comes to stories about such things, and unloads on gossip monger Alex Jones, and extolls the virtues of Michell Malkin.  

We do know that of the many who were arrested, almost none of them lived in Ferguson.  Were they paid to go there and stir up trouble?  I doubt it, but Bill's main point is that this administration is so malevolent and lawless that such a thing is not beyond the realm of possibility.

As I said, I doubt they were paid, but I do believe our government shipped them in, using them as the useful idiots they are, in order to keep us fixated on Ferguson to draw attention away from something they didn't want us to see.  These events have become the modern day "bread and circuses" of distraction. 

Notable Quote:
"People who know their faith are not easy to deceive.  And people who are self-sufficient are not easily manipulated by dirty politics."  Wild Bill



 More:

Asylum Watch:  Three Examples of Why America is In A State of Irreversible Decline

Angry White Dude:  DON’T BE SURPRISED WHEN AMERICA IS HIT WITH A MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACK!

Abby Roads:  Terrorists From Minneapolis


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The "elderly" and prepping...

depends on your definition of "elderly."

A few weeks ago one of my co-workers used the word "elderly" and sort of included me in the definition.

 I started to laugh and said, "Whoa, did you just call me elderly?"

He's 59, but looks much younger.  I'll soon to be 69 and look much younger.  So exactly how did I qualify as "elderly."

Way too often we see people referred to as elderly who certainly don't qualify because when all is said and done, "elderly", in my opinion, is a state of mind, not a chronological age.

I see people in the store where I work who are in their nineties and don't yet qualify for elderly.  I also see people who are in their fifties or sixties who, if you looked up the word "elderly", you would see their picture next to the definition.

The following article was submitted to the Survivalist Blog's non-fiction writing contest by a young lady in her middle sixties.  She refers to herself as elderly.  Really?  She has more spunk than even I can conjure up - and I'm pretty spunky.

I wish she was my next door neighbor.


 “Being Elderly and Living Alone Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be A Good Prepper! ” 
As a woman in her middle sixties, I’ve always been frugal. We baby boomers were raised to be frugal by parents who were born and raised during the depression era. Our mothers taught us early how to cook with what we had, usually fresh from the farm. If we didn’t live on a farm, we had a relative who owned one and we visited them often, learning the ways of that kind of life style.

We were taught how to can the food we raised and we were taught how to make butter, milk cows, ring a chicken’s neck and prepare it for eating or freezing. We were taught how to plant gardens, how to control insects and what to eat for any illness that came our way.

Our mothers also taught us to sew and mend our clothing. They also taught us the value of wearing things until they couldn’t be mended anymore. Even then, we used them for rags for cleaning one thing or another or cut them up to make warm quilts. We were taught to reuse and re-purpose just about everything we had.

As each new day brings another threat to our survival, I have begun to accept the possibility that we who are currently in our sixties could possibly live another twenty or twenty five years. Some of us will live even longer. With the threat of some kind of disaster taking place in our lifetime or in the future, we, as older adults can utilize what our mothers taught us all those years ago. It got me thinking about how much we really do know about survival.  read the rest

More:

Preppers Checklist : 10 Things To Do Now! (be sure and read the comments)

also

Preppers Survival Gear List : Ten MORE Things To Do Now

Monday, August 25, 2014

Want to know what's wrong with the black community?...

here's three "men" to sum it up for you.

It seems they're tired of "being looked at another species."  How about not acting like another species?

The money quote (I translated into English for you):
"If they don't come and restore these neighborhoods for these people when you got to travel miles to go to WalMart and to get gas and stuff like that when we should be right here...unintelligible...there's going to be hell to pay."
Exactly who is "they" in this case?  How about you get off your lazy black ass and restore the neighborhood your friends, or at least "friends" of your hero Obama who were shipped in, burned down? Stop being useful idiots.

You can't get jobs?  Well maybe having a gang symbol tattooed on your face might make that endeavor a bit more difficult.




Michael Brown's racist funeral is being live streamed?? Are you kidding me?...

dear Lord in heaven - this is nuts.

Al Sharpton is introducing the dignitaries who represent Obama and all the other "important" people and the crowd is stomping and cheering.

No link on purpose.

A bunch of racist black people yowling.

I must turn this off.

Expect more riots in Ferguson tonight.






Friday, August 22, 2014

Are You Prepared for Civil Unrest and Martial Law?...

watching the happenings in Ferguson should be a wake-up call.

From: Daisy Luther:

Lessons From Ferguson: Prepping For Civil Unrest And Martial Law
Any prepared and informed person knows that the threat isn’t always the event itself, which could be anything from a natural disaster to a rioting spree after a sporting event to an economic collapse. It’s the chaos during the aftermath of the event.
If you ever had any doubts about that statement, you need look no further than Ferguson, Missouri.
A few days ago, Governor Jay Nixon called in the National Guard.
Martial law has officially arrived in Ferguson.
Of course, this only makes it official. The past week has shown a militarized police force driving around in tanks, wearing body armor, and brutally responding to citizens. Martial law was already there and the Constitution was already suspended.  Nixon just made it official.
This is just the icing on the chaos cupcake, however. It all started a week ago when a police officer shot a black suspect.  Suddenly, amidst  cries of “racism”  an absolute breakdown of society occurred within 24 hours of the shooting.  People no longer governed themselves according to laws and morals.  Store owners were forced to arm themselves to protect their businesses from a mob that looted with all of the joyful abandon of a lottery winner on a shopping spree.  Cops responded, but were vastly outnumbered. Whether these officers were originally vicious individuals or whether fear of the mob mentality made them brutal, their responses were harsh and ruthless.
This article isn’t a debate on right vs. wrong. It isn’t about whether Michael Brown deserved to be shot or whether he was an innocent victim. It isn’t about the race of the looters, the cops, or the residents of Ferguson. It isn’t even about the Constitutional rights that are being ground under the heels of boots. I’m not getting into any of that.
It’s about watching and learning from the events in Ferguson, because this type of chaos could be coming to a city near you. When society breaks down, it nearly always follows a distinct path.  The main variable is how quickly the situation devolves.  read the rest



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Adventures in Canning: Chili...

without beans.

I'll add beans later before serving.  I didn't want to mess with dried beans and I was afraid canned beans would turn to mush after processing for 80 minutes.

This is not intended as a discussion on how to make authentic chili.  There are as many different chilis as there are chili makers.

Sometime I make it with big chunks of stew meat, no beans, and add things like beer.  Other times I make it with ground beef, pinto and kidney beans, with a few healthy splashes of burgundy wine.

One thing I always use is a ton of chili powder, cumin, garlic, and parsley.  When I see a recipe using 5 lbs of ground beef, six cups of tomatoes, and two tablespoons of chili powder like I did earlier today, it moves me to say, "That's just wrong!"  Good heavens.  Two tablespoons of chili powder for a huge pot of chili? 

Today's chili?

The ingredients:

Banana and jalapeno peppers from the garden, celery, onion.



San Marzano tomatoes from the garden, supplemented with a few cans of chopped tomatoes.


I used about 6 lbs of ground beef from Costco.  It was $3.49 per pound which is a very good value because the Costco ground beef is only about 9% fat.

I softened the chopped celery and the onion pepper mixture just a bit in a saute pan and dumped it in a big pot to join the tomatoes which had been peeled, cored, and chopped.  I browned the ground beef to a pink color and added it to the pot.

I put it on the stove to simmer and added the spices. 

I can't tell you how much of anything to put in chili.  Your chili and tastes are not going to be the same as mine.  We like spicy.  You may not.  Just add and taste until you get the flavor you want.

I do like to add a bit of Kitchen Bouquet Browning and Seasoning Sauce to deepen the color and today's batch had a nice big splash of burgundy wine.

I added it hot to pint jars and processed it for 80 minutes at 13 lbs pressure.

If you are new to canning, please follow the recommendations for your altitude.  Also, even if your canner is new, have the gauge checked.  My new canner gauge registered one pound low, so I have to add one pound pressure for my altitude and another pound to make up the lower readings.  Your local extension office can test your canner gauge.

Results?

Viola...

Eleven pints of chili for the pantry.  And all eleven have already tested positive for a seal.  Yay!



I used the left over tomatoes, celery, and onions to make some pizza sauce.  After cooking it down and adding traditional Italian seasoning (including a healthy dose of home grown fresh basil), I put it in 1/2 pint freezer safe mason jars to place in my newly organized freezer.




I left out a bit of chili for dinner as well as two chunks of ground beef for burgers on the grill.



 


Bill Whittle: Modern Progressivism is the politics of envy, anger, entitlement,lawlessness, violence, and bald-faced lies...

among other things.

Eric Holder in Ferguson:
"I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man," Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting.
"The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now,'' Holder told a group of community leaders assembled at a local community college. "The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to it, and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson."
Now tell me who is the racist.

And to think my tax dollars go toward paying this cretin a salary of 199,700.00.

That works out to:



  • Monthly: USD 16,641.00
  • Weekly: USD 3,994.00
  • Daily: USD 798.00 

  • Imagine, if you will, a white Attorney General showing up in Ferguson and announcing,  "I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a white man."

    Bill Whittle lays waste to the claims of Eric Holder and his ilk:



    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Presser re: Michael Brown autopsy - Dr. Baden answers questions... .

    but first claims impartiality. 

    I sure didn't see that:

    This wasn't a press conference.  It was "let's lynch a cop" conference.

    Some of the things that I thought while listening to this so-called conference. 

    I'm at 5 minutes and already I'm annoyed. Crump, the attorney for the family of Michael Brown, is blathering about eyewitnesses, who have proven to be, in most cases, most unreliable.

    Oooops - now we're dragging mom into it.  And how many times is he going to say "execute."

    Why all the "dis" and "dat's" from so-called educated men?

    Dr. Baden just said that the shot to the top of the head exited from the right eye. 

    I'm at 10:00 and not sure how much more I can take.

    Dr. Baden is clearly on the side of Michael Brown.

    Wait - did he just say a president has never gotten involved in the shooting of a black man?  Can you say Trayvon Martin?  And how about Odumbo remarking on his professor friend?

    What a blowhard!

    The professor buddy of Baden just contradicted him by saying that the bullet to the top of head was an entry shot. He then claimed the shot to the eye was an entry wound.   Baden claimed the eye wound was the exit of the shot to the top of the head.

    If these two jokers every end up on a witness stand they'll get slaughtered.

    Meanwhile, how many more illegals have slipped into the country while we're all focused on Ferguson?

    I have a lawn to cut...



    H/T: Political Clown Parade via Freedom's Light House.  




    Five people have been killed and at least 27 others wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago...

    where are the protesters?

    From Second City Cop:
    Police said a 16-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound to the head around 1:15 a.m. Sunday in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

    Police were responding to a report of a person shot in the 900 block of North Karlov Avenue and found the teen on the sidewalk. He was transported in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead.
    Among the casualties:
    • Early Saturday, a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot in a possible drive-by shooting in the city’s Englewood neighborhood.

      Police said the girl was standing outside around 12:45 a.m. with a man when a car drove by and someone inside fired shots. She was shot in the head and was found unresponsive at the scene and a 20-year-old man was shot in the back and taken in stable condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

      Family members said the teen girl, identified as Shaquise Buckner, was a “straight A student” and planned to become a doctor. She was expected to start her sophomore year of high school this week.
    Mr. Sharpton? "Rev" Jackson? Hello? Is anyone there? Bueller? ECHO Echo echo....

    How very odd.

    Why, yes - it is odd.

    Why is it okay for blacks to slaughter blacks?  Why isn't the black community in an uproar? 

    I took a stroll over to the Huffington Post to see how the libtards were responding to the autopsy report that confirmed that all six shots that hit Michael Brown were from the front.  Mind you, this autopsy was performed by a medical examiner the family requested.

    It was almost amusing to see the Huff and Puff commenters turning themselves into pretzels to insist that the autopsy proved whatever it was they wanted to believe, which in this case is that Michael Brown was assassinated by a racist white cop.

    This, my friends, is called "confirmation bias", meaning that they've already made up their mind and they will twist things anyway possible to support what they already believe.  No never mind the facts.  Facts are so inconvenient, aren't they? 

    I offer no opinion about what happened because I wasn't there.  

    I linked an article below from Fred on Everything, in which he states that the solution to all these problems is to have only black police officers in black neighborhoods.  What's going on in Chicago and other inner cities would tend to make that assertion sort of ridiculous.  Besides, I doubt most black officers would want to work in black neighborhoods.  It's dangerous.

    He does hit the mark on all this trying to make everyone live in some happy-clappy diverse world.  It won't work.  Not now, not ever.

    It is natural for people of like minds to associate.  Go to any Facebook page of a black person and you will see that 99% of his friends are black.  In Minneapolis, the Somalis are all living in one neighborhood.  Homosexuals hang around with mostly other homosexuals during their non-work hours.  Writers like to congregate with other writers, and hairdressers dearly love hair shows where they can socialize with others of their ilk.

    Animals get this.  Why don't we?  Next time you see a lion having dinner with a herd of antelopes, unless, of course, one of the antelopes is dinner, let me know. 

    There are exceptions, but that's the point of calling them "exceptions"; they don't happen very often.  

    So let's stop all this forced diversity.  Let the black people live with other black people if that's what makes them most comfortable.   And if white people don't want to live around black people, it doesn't make them racist any more than a black doing the same thing is a racist.

    Tim Dunkin at Canada Free Press in his article St. Swisher Sweet and the Lies That Set Ferguson on Fire has something to say about this: 
    Blame for Ferguson and other riots has been placed on “institutional racism,” that America just has a system which is so stacked against black Americans that they will never be able to overcome the obstacles and make it in the world. This is complete, utter nonsense. Completely. Utterly. It’s a cop out. It’s a lie that has been fed to generations of people so as to keep them dependent upon liberals and the Democrat Party. The fact that it is a lie is shown by the fact that there are many, many successful African-Americans out there—doctors, lawyers, engineers, writers, scientists, business-owners—who have made it in life. But all the role models out there for this who are in the public eye—people like Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice, Allen West—are derided by liberals and race-baiters like Al Sharpton as “sellouts” and “oreos” for doing the very things that the Left tries to tell African-Americans that “endemic racism” is keeping them from doing! Don’t you see what is going on? Racism is not “keeping you down,” LIBERALS are. They tell you that you’ll never be able to make it in life, and then they try to destroy in your eyes the very people who proved them wrong. It’s a scam, and the bulk of the black community in America is the mark.

    Why do they do this? To keep you voting for them, that’s why. By making you dependent on them, they have made you subservient to them. African-Americans are at the bottom of the totem pole in the hierarchy of who the Democrat Party and liberals care about and cater to. If there’s a disagreement between African-American desires and those of the gays—the gays will win. If there is one between African-Americans and illegal aliens, the illegals will win (ask yourself why the Democrats are so keen on importing millions of low-wage illegal aliens who are taking jobs primarily from African-Americans). Black Americans are at the bottom of the heap, but are convinced that they “need” the handouts that the Democrats offer, so they keep voting for Democrats, who in turn keep them “in their place,” perpetuating the cycle from generation to generation. please read his entire article HERE
    Meantime, the National Guard has been deployed to Ferguson.   

    More:

    Mychal Massie:  Blacks Are The Hunters, Not The Hunted

    Clash Daily:  HOLDER DOESN’T LIKE AUTOPSY REPORT: Attorney General Demands 2nd Federal Autopsy on Michael Brown

    D.C. Clothesline:  Pastor Jesse Lee Ferguson: Michael Brown Was a Thug 

    Fred on Everything:  Burn, Ferguson, Burn - Random Thoughts on a Confluence of Putrescenses
     

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Adventures in Canning: Raw vs Hot Pack and a question about Ferguson, MO...

    which is better; raw or hot pack?

    (NB - this should have been posted hours ago, but a transformer close to our house blew, sounding much like a small bomb, and our electricity has been down.)

    For Kathleen, my gentle-souled friend who blogs at My Daily Musing (and anyone else who is as sick of politics and the ongoing general mayhem as I am.)

    But quickly - an observation about the goings on in Ferguson, MO. 
    As of the census of 2010, the population of Ferguson was 21,203. The percentage of people who identified as black was  67.4% (I believe it's higher now.)  The number of blacks protesting rioting is about one to two hundred.  If I've done my math correctly (always a concern) the blacks number about 14,240 of the overall population.  If 100 blacks are rioting, that means that 14,140 of them are not rioting.

    In addition, using the total figure from the 2010 census, if the population is 21,203 and only one to two hundred are rioting, that means that 21,000 people of whatever race are not rioting.

    Let's go a step further.  If the population consisting of the non-rioters is approximately 21,000, how is it that one to two hundred people are holding this town hostage?
    Now it seems the governor of Missouri has declared a state of emergency and enacted a curfew, because people that loot are going to respect a curfew?  It reminds me of the time many, many years ago when they changed the closing time of the liquor stores in St. Paul, Minnesota from 10pm to 9pm, because most robberies of liquor stores happened between 9 and 10pm.  No, I'm not kidding. That's what passes for logical thinking in libtard land.
    I ask again, why are 21,000 people being held hostage by one or two hundred people?  And why are the police standing around letting them loot?   Seems we've gone from one extreme to the other.
    Any thoughts on this?    
    Onward:

    Last week, I canned my first chicken.  I used the hot pack method which entails pre-cooking the chicken until it's not quite cooked completely, and then packing it into the jars hot.  I had approximately 10 lbs of chicken breasts.  It filled 6 quarts. The processing time was 90 minutes, which seems like an eternity when you have to repeatedly check the gauge to make sure proper pressure is maintained. 



    It also made a big mess in the kitchen with the extra pots and such, and made the chicken look all stringy. 

    The store had another sale on chicken breasts this week for $1.77 per lb, which was even cheaper than the last sale.

    These chicken breasts were nicer in appearance than the bagged ones and after considerable research, I decided to raw pack the chicken.  I cut it up in chunks, crammed it raw into pint jars, and added a smidgen of canning salt and a dab of Better Than Bouillon.  No liquid is added, as the chicken will make its own broth.  How cool is that? 

    Processing time for pints was 75 minutes. I ended up with 9 pints of chicken. 

    I'll never hot pack chicken again.


    This time I made sure I had something to occupy my time in the kitchen during processing.  I made a batch of gazpacho for dinner, and the 75 minutes of processing didn't seem like a prison sentence.

    While the pressure canner was cooling, I put together a batch of zucchini garlic dills to be water bath canned.



    While they were processing, I prepared more banana peppers for canning. Someone remind me next year not to plant so many pepper plants!


    Aren't these purple jalapenos pretty?  They'll be even prettier stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, and cooked on the grill.  I also chopped some up for the gazpacho. 


    Next up to can: The San Marzano tomatoes - the absolute gold standard for paste tomatoes.  San Marzano is an heirloom variety that doesn't have a very pretty bush, but produces like crazy. 

    I use the Florida weave method for staking my tomatoes because as you can see in the pepper picture, our soil has lots of rocks.  Ever try to shove a tomato cage into rocky soil? 










    A note about cleanliness in the kitchen: 

    Bleach is your friend.

    Use it.

    Cutting boards, counters, sink, dish drainer, and utensils.

     Wash your hands often and well - particularly when handling stuff like chicken - or you can wear disposable latex gloves.

    After dealing with the chicken, everything in my kitchen was swabbed or soaked in a Clorox solution.




    To close we must have our obligatory kitteh picture.  







    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Bill Whittle" The Struggle for Stupidity...

    I think the left is winning.

    A few months ago, I told the story of a young man I worked with who was in his first year of college.  He recounted how hard his math class was, but that he was doing much better than his peers with the "tables" and that he was able to complete the "tables" in under five minutes, which was required.

    I was puzzled, and asked him if he meant the "times tables", as in multiplication.  He did indeed mean just that.  I then asked if this was a remedial math class and he said it was. 

    Remedial or not, what in hell is an 18 year old doing in his first year of college studying the "times tables" which are taught to 9 year old children, and secondly, how did he manage to get all the way through high school without this basic knowledge?

    As to reading, the majority of young people I work with never read.  Want to know why?  Because their parents don't read.  If you want your kids to read for learning and for fun, you need to be a reader.

    My mother was always reading and convinced me that one of the funnest things to do (besides pulling weeds) was to walk to the library (according to Google maps - 1.5 miles each way) and take out a bunch of books.  We did this almost every week.

    At that time, the library had a children's section and an adult section.   Young people were not allowed to check out books from the adult section.  My mother submitted a letter to the library which allowed me to check out any book I wanted.  Having read every single Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books, it was time for me to move on.

    When I was about 10 years old, I was whining that I had nothing to read.  My mother, wanting to subdue the child, went to the book shelf and pulled out "The Caine Mutiny", thinking, "Well, that should keep her out of my hair for awhile."

    It did.  I loved it, and it remains one of my all-
    time favorite books.

    Parents, read to your children when they are little ones, and then read with them when they are a bit older.  You will give them the most astonishing gift imaginable.  

    From YouTube:
    Sci-Fi Author Jerry Pournelle recently re-published a sixth grade reader from 1914. 

    In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle explains how full comprehension of a single paragraph from that hundred-year-old elementary school textbook eludes virtually all of today's college graduates; shows why it is such a sin, and reveals the Progressive Struggle for Stupidity in all of its undeniable venality.

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Let's talk about Francis Porretto...

    and his books.

    Some people write books that inspire.  Some write books to teach us something or to make us think, while others write books that are rollicking good fun.

    Very few writers manage to do all of these things at the same time.

    Enter Francis Porretto.

    Francis does that and more.  He gives you big issues to ponder through the struggles of his characters and he allows you, the reader, to sort out your own answers.
    Disclaimer:  I'm probably one of the worst book reviewers in the history of the world.  It reminds me of the book reports we had to do in high school in which I was equally bad.  My struggles center around the thought that someone should just read a book and be done with it and not have to say all sorts of flowery deeper-meaning flotsam and whatever.  I don't do flowery and I save my deeper meanings for conversation, not writing.  Hell's bells - I can't even handle commas and I'm writing a review of books written by some modern day genius?  Is that not weird? 
    However comma challenged I may be, I do recognize good books when I read them and Francis Porretto writes good books.
    With that being said, read the following anyway because I struggled mightily.

    Many of you already read Mr. Porretto at his blog Liberty's Torch and you've seen the right hand column lined with his books (great cover art by the way.)

    Now if you're anything like moi, your first thought may be, "I don't like science fiction."  However, I have come to learn that I do like science fiction.  Many of my favorite books are, in fact, classified as science fiction such as Fahrenheit 451 and 1984.  I've also learned that there is all sorts of sub-genres  gathered together under the umbrella of science fiction.  Just a quick peek at the Wiki entry on science fiction is enough to completely flummox the most intelligent of people.

    What I've discovered is that I want to read a book with characters with which I can identify.  I also think most people feel the same way.  So let's skip the classifications that pigeonhole books and just say the books Mr. Porretto writes are worth reading.

    I started my Porretto journey with Which Art in Hope.  Even though the characters are sometimes spinning about in space, I was perfectly capable of relating to them as they struggled with questions regarding morality and ethics.  His underlying theme is individual freedom leaning heavily toward libertarianism.

    Some people find this to be his best work, but I was much more enthralled with his Realm of Essences trilogy starting with Chosen One, into On Broken Wings, and (so far) my all time favorite, Shadow of a Sword.  I highly recommend you read them in order. 

    In Chosen One we meet Louis Redmond, a man of impeccable character and great brilliance who lives in fictional Onteora, New York.  Guided by his mentor, Malcolm Loughlin, we follow the challenges Louis must face and the decisions he must make.     

    On Broken Wings continues the story of Louis and we meet Christine D'Alessandro, who Louis rescues from a ten-year enslavement by some very nasty people.  He helps Christine regain her self-esteem and grooms her to be the next "chosen one" after his untimely death.

    Christine and Malcolm continue on in the third book, Shadow of the Sword, with the introduction of American politics, which is probably why it is my favorite.   We meet Stephen Sumner, a third party candidate running on a constitutional platform, and we follow his journey on the campaign trail. 

    I'm getting ready to start The Sledgehammer Concerto by Francis which he describes as:
    Three siblings.
    Children of the dark.
    A mystic reaved of his faith, who holds the power to heal the wounds of the soul and dispel the anguish of the dying; 
    A genius warped by abuse, who strove to bring desire itself to heel, and succeeded beyond her wildest hopes;
    And a visionary of freedom hidden in plain sight, whose tales of courage in the face of oppression brought him worldwide fame and a most unpleasant official notice. 
    Sounds good to me!  

    Just today, I discovered this at Liberty's Torch which hopefully will move you to action. The following was taken directly from Liberty's Torch and the links are Mr. Porretto's links.  To order his other books, please go to his website Liberty's Torch and click on the books listed on his sidebar.

     Francis has given you a gift:

    From Liberty's Torch:
    I've recently decided to try Amazon's "KDP Select" program for my eight novels, which required that I de-list them from all other sales outlets for the duration. Until further notice, if you're interested in one or more of those books, please go to Amazon for them. The image-links on the right sidebar have been modified accordingly.

    Also, from September 9 through September 15, the e-book editions of Chosen One, Which Art In Hope,, and Priestesses will be available for a mere $0.99 each. The prices will revert to their usual retail levels on September 16.

    I'm still at work on Polymath, the kinda-sorta continuation of the "Realm of Essences" series, and -- God willin' an' the creek don't rise -- should have it ready for publication around the end of this year. For those hoping for a novel based on "The Warm Lands," never fear: that, too, is on my workbench. Finally, a few test readers asked recently about Powers Of The Air, which I began some time ago but has languished in desuetude since then. I promise you that I haven't abandoned it; I've merely been rethinking it. It will be completed, just not quite as soon as I originally intended, nor in the fashion I once envisioned.

    You didn't really think you would escape a pic of a kitteh reading, did you??

    Kitteh shows amazement at a Porretto book







    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Robin Williams: The Genie is Free?...

    no he's not.

    He's dead.

    And in a very gruesome manner.

    He died with a belt around his neck suspended from a short drop.  It probably took 10 to 20 minutes for him to strangle to death.  It's not pretty.  It's not "setting anyone free."

    So what do I see all over Facebook?

    This tweet by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

    The Academy         @TheAcademy Follow

    Genie, you're free.

    The last day...

    of above 90 degree weather and the possibility of rain.

    We need rain!

    Between the canning, gardening,  and everyday commitments, my well has run dry (isn't that just sooooo original?)

    I read the news every morning and can't work up too much enthusiasm for commentary.  

    What can you possibly say about an unarmed person who is shot multiple times by a police officer?

    I have even less to say about the thugs who decided to rob and vandalize such businesses as Dollar General and K-Mart as a way of protesting the aforementioned person's death. 

    Really?

    Dollar General?

    The thing I'm most tired of seeing is headline after headline touting some new outrage by Obama.

    Nothing will ever be set to rights in this country until people come to the realization that Obama is a nobody.   He really has no clue of what's going on because his handlers don't tell him.  They keep him busy doing fund raisers and playing golf.

    The puppet masters send him out on a regular schedule to read what others have written for him and then he's back on the links.   

    My biggest fear is that when he is no longer useful alive, he will be sacrificed for the cause by the very people who have thrust him onto the world stage.

    Ann Barnhardt has said the same thing.  I think she's right.
    Obama the man is a meaningless puppet and always has been.  I don’t know what it is going to take for people to comprehend that the drug-addled, sodomite imbecile is of zero importance to the decision making and strategy being implemented out of the White House, Pentagon and Foggy Bottom.  Sitting around acting all shocked that he is playing golf on the Vineyard with Valerie Jarrett’s cousin and Ahmad Rashad while World War 3 is fomenting is simply idiotic, especially after we are SIX YEARS into this. The only real relevance Obama the man now has is, as I have bluntly put it, as an “Expendable Faggot” whose false flag assassination by his handlers would ignite the mother of all Reichstag Fires, and which I fear more and more with each passing day.   source
    While waiting for the rain, I have a house sorely in need of cleaning.

    Always on Watch has assembled a plethora of information on so-called historian Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present, that is well worth your time to peruse.

    And we thank her!

    From AOW: 
     Please avail yourself of the opportunity to learn about the anti-American views of the man who has in recent years probably most influenced Americans' interpretation of our own history and heritage. Even conservatives have bought into many of Howard Zinn's ideas — and the disparagement of America. read the rest
    The only people I know who think Howard Zinn is wonderful are sociopath libtards who love to call conservatives stupid and haters and yet, like my troll, fling about the most vile rhetoric like monkey's flinging their poo. 

    The cleaning trolley awaits. 






    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Headline Hooters: Nothing worse than a machete gone crazy...

    lock up all crazy machetes.  Now.

     Machete wielding machete arrested for burglary on lower South Hill

    H/T   KREM2 News Spokane

    The machete was taken into custody without incident, but managed to cut through his restraints and is on the loose.  heh




    Adventures in Canning: Remind me to never can these again...

    the wrong kind of plum.

    Errrk!

    What a waste of my time.

    The plum tree:

    I think they're Santa Rosa.



    The plums:


    The results:

    Ugh!

    I expected chunks of plum, not baby food.


    The mess:

    Dear Lord in heaven.  Look at my stove.  I HATE a dirty stove.  Get me my Bar Keepers Friend!!





    I'm not discouraged.  I have three Italian Prune Plum trees loaded with fruit.  I've learned my lesson and will can them whole.






    Friday, August 8, 2014

    Bill Whittle: The Murderer in the Kremlin...

    you need to know who you're dealing with when you deal with Russians.
    Russia is on the move. But as Bill Whittle shows in this searing FIREWALL, Americans simply cannot wrap their minds around the history of terror and murder of the Russian Secret Police. Bill presents that history in horrific fashion, and shows the West just what it is up against.
    I'm off to work.  See you all later. 



    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Adventures in pressure canning: Today's Romano green beans...

    first time with the new pressure canner.  It was fun.

    We'll talk about Odumbo being an a-hole some other time. 

    After finishing weeding the veggie garden, I picked two big bowls of Romano style green beans.  Roma's are a large flat bean, very tender with lots of flavor.  To cook, I steam them for a very short time, maybe 5 minutes, slather on the ghee, salt, and pepper.   Like eating candy!

    But these critters were headed to my new pressure canner.  I had the gauge checked at the Kootenai County Extension office on Tuesday, and I'm doubly glad I did.  The gauge was a pound shy, so not only do I have to add one pound pressure for altitude, I also have to add an additional pound since it is slightly off.  This is not unusual, even for a brand new canner.

    Have your gauge checked every year!!

    The beans - fresh from the garden:


    The new Presto 23 qt canner:



    Beans packed with one teaspoon canning salt per jar waiting for their hot water and heading for canner:



    Canner was first vented for 10 minutes, then brought to pressure (13 lbs) and processed for 25 minutes.  I was surprised to see how little heat it took to maintain the correct pressure. 

    After removing the jars from the canner, you could hear the ping of the lids sealing all the way into my office on the opposite end of the house.  A glorious sound!

    And here they are:




    Seven quarts of garden fresh Roma beans.

    Cost?

    Not counting jars, since they will be used over and over, it cost the price of a package of seeds, about $1.97, and some water.  The sunshine was free.

    I expect to have at least another seven quarts before summer is over. 

    The reward?

    Eating fresh canned Roma beans in the middle of winter.  




    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    Dust if You Must...

    I'm going to pull weeds.

    Stolen from That Mr. G Guy, who stole it from  Boudica BPI Weblog



    My comment at Mr. G Guy's Blog:

    Adrienne
    That was pretty much my mom's motto. Growing up in Minnesota where the weather could change in a flash, if it was a nice day we headed to the lake to swim. Mom always said, “The dust will wait.”

    Some of the neighbor ladies were just the opposite. Clean, clean, clean. As a result, it was my mom who taught most the neighbor kids to swim. What do you think these “kids” remembered when they grew up – their mom's clean house or my mom teaching them to swim?

    One of my childhood friends just passed away. He always said my mom taught him so much that he, in turn, taught his kids, who are, no doubt, teaching their kids.

    Yep – the dust can wait!!

    I’m stealing this…