Sunday, February 19, 2017

Adults-only Mac and Cheese

You won't believe, until you try it, that a dish with just four ingredients and this easy to make can taste so rich and full bodied!
  • 1 1/4 cups of elbow macaroni (it cooks fast and holds thin sauce better)
  • 2 oz. plain goat cheese (1/2 of a small log, or crumbled. It'll be melted, so who cares?)
  • 4 oz. of a dry, crisp white wine, like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or Unoaked Chardonnay
  • 16 medium, peeled shrimp, cut into quarters
While boiling the macaroni to desired firmness, melt the goat cheese in the wine in a small saucepan. Cook long enough to boil off the alcohol. When pasta is finished, pour it into a large bowl and thoroughly mix in the shrimp. Distribute contents to 2-4 serving bowls and add sauce. Eat with a spoon, as the thin sauce collects at the bottom.

That one time Dick Cavett walked off his own show but returned when audience chanted 'We Want Dick!'

There were warning rumblings from the Nebraska talk show host that he had had enough, like "This is the reason I didn't join a fraternity." His unruly guests, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes and Ben Gazzara denied it when Cavett asked if they were all smashed.
     Just before the host finally took a hike from his own set, he announced: "You've seen three guys fall down, right? Wanna see something else?"

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bill Maher calls Milo Yiannopoulos an 'impish British fag'; Larry Wilmore twice tells him to go fuck himself

Milo Whachamacallit*, a professional insult-comic troller and alt-right dahlink now banned from Twitter, confronted the panel on Bill Maher and was told to fuck off, or variations thereof (bottom video) twice by Larry Wilmore and once by ex-spook Malcolm Nance, who replaced Intercept cofounder Jeremy Scahill, who refused to appear on Maher's show with Milos.
     We think Maher was being overly diplomatic when he referred to Milo as an "impish British fag (top video.)
We can't spell Yiannopoulos. Is it OK if we call him Tallulah Lunkhead?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Trump's looming trade war could wreck the one bright spot in U.S. balance of payments: ag exports

Photo: StevanBaird via Flickr
Politico has a very illuminating piece on how Trump's looming trade war could claim as collateral damage the one bright spot in America's balance of trade: the huge trade surplus that farmers have been running since the 1960s. Last year it was $16 billion, and this year it is expected to be $21.5 billion. Contrast that with the $86 billion balance of trade deficit in manufactured goods.

The Trump administration has come out of the gate seemingly gearing up for a trade war -- withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, threatening to pull out of NAFTA and rattling relations with Mexican President Peña Nieto with talk of paying for a wall along the southern border by imposing taxes on imports. The goal is to restore U.S. manufacturing jobs in languishing industries like steel, and help the Rust Belt factory workers who turned out to vote Trump. But farmers and ranchers have a lot to lose, and they’re are starting to worry their entire industry will be collateral damage in Trump’s trade experiment.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sorry, pedophiles. This Man Boy Scouts video probably isn't what you were expecting

The server ate Betsy Devos's homework!

It's Betsy Devos's first miracle! And it started when George Takei tweeted to his 2 moolsillion plus followers that her Dept. of Education removed web pages (She works fast, doesn't she?) that contained information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Many cherry-picking, for-profit charter schools hate the pesky law that costs them a lot of money, especially when informed parents insist on accommodations for special needs kids).

After that, tweet was retweeted FOURTEEN THOUSAND TIMES. and after THAT, people noticed that the information had MAGICALLY REAPPEARED somewhere else with a different web address — and a WRITTEN EXCUSE! (Click graphic below to enlarge it enough to read Devos's alibi, highlighted in yellow.

Friday, February 10, 2017

More Nebraskans identify as LGBT than in any surrounding state except one

Gallup's operations center, in Omaha.
Gallup's newest national LGBT survey, and why the polling giant thinks the percentage of people who self-identify as LGBT is increasing, here.

SD GOP killed ethics measure approved by voters; prevented them from passing it again

In November, South Dakota voters approved an anti-corruption referendum, Measure 22, intended to limit the influence of campaign cash and interloping lobbyists. The South Dakota GOP overturned the law with an "emergency clause."
     Voters won't be able to resurrect the referendum.
     Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) claimed the initiative was the work of out of state "scam artists" and that voters were "hoodwinked."
     Pender, Nebraska Native Drey Samuelson, who was instrumental in the advancement of Measure 22, served as former senator Tim Johnson’s (D) chief of staff for 28 years and co-founded, the group that pushed the measure locally with backing from a Massachusetts organization,
     More from the Washington Post:
[State Rep. Larry] Rhoden said lawmakers are considering replacement ethics legislation and added there was no rush to do something: “We are pretty squeaky clean, and I can say that with a great deal of pride in South Dakota; the ethics among the people that serve the state in the legislature, I would call impeccable.”
    The nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity recently ranked South Dakota 47th in the nation for accountability, largely because of its lax lobbying laws. “Little to none of [state legislative and lobbyist interaction] is reported to the public in any detail,” the report said.
     The state has been wracked by two major ethics scandals in the past two years: Investigations into misuse of the federal green card program for wealthy immigrant investors and the theft by a private company of more than $1 million of federal grant money to help Native Americans get ready for college.
     As a grim aside, people implicated in both scandals either committed suicide or murder or both.