Canada’s Two Sides

So there’s this side that has good beer and legal marijuana, and mussels and scallops and lobsters and haddock (pretty nice actually) and snails, and Tidal Roars and Waterslides and reversing waterfalls.

And free public health care.

Then there’s that other Canada where A&W has withdrawn the Glass Mug from its establishments (sure you can buy them on line but the point is they be chilled and frosty, bringing your own cup is one thing, but your own cooler?) and ground beef is always well done and Tim Hortons will put its crappy sauce on your breakfast wrap even if you explicitly tell them not to.

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What To Cook


My daughter informed me that the autumnal season does not follow the astronomical calendar which follows the sun. The traditional autumn season actually starts the first day of September. At green markets and grocery stores there are more apples, pears and squash at lower prices. However, We are still in that awkward time with an abundance of late summer harvest of corn, tomatoes and summer squash. Here are some recipes to get through the transition.

Tomato Galette

Salting the tomatoes ahead of time and letting them release some of their liquid is essential. It will allow the tomatoes to caramelize and ensures that the bottom of the crust stays flaky

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Couscous

Slowly roast a trimmed, center-cut piece of salmon over a bed of herbs to infuse the flesh with fresh flavor; then bring it to the table in the pan so guests can help themselves. This dish is also good at room temperature or served cold at your next picnic.

Cheesy Loaded Sweet Potatoes

For a quick 15-minute dinner, you can steam the potatoes up to five days in advance. Serve with lots of fixings for an easy variation on the taco bar concept.

New-and-Improved Greek Salad

The method for marinating the feta in this salad is also a good trick for other fresh cheeses—try goat, mozzarella, or paneer.

Crispy Pan-Seared Chicken and Zucchini with Olives and Lemon

This recipe will amaze the zucchini-averse and anyone who thinks they’ve had zukes every which way. Crosshatching and salting the zucchini for 10 minutes before cooking removes excess moisture and lets the seasoning penetrate all the way through. Next, a hard sear in the fat left over from cooking chicken thighs keeps them crisp-tender. Douse them with a lemony garlic oil studded with olives and chiles, and you’ll love zucchini forever.

Fall Fruit Galette

Our favorite apples for baking are Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, and Granny Smith; they hold their shape well and don’t turn mushy when cooked. This would also be excellent made with Comice or Bartlett pears.

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Rockabye – Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne Marie

Call You Mine – The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha

Violence – Grimes & i_o

The Breakfast Club (Intentions)

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This Day in History

America mourns victims of Sept. 11th attacks; Theodore Roosevelt becomes President; ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ written; Monaco’s Princess Grace dies; Baseball season cancelled due to players’ strike.

Breakfast Tunes

Eddie Money: March 21, 1949 – September 13, 2019

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

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Cliff Huxtable

Do you remember when he was “America’s Dad” and not some creepy sexual predator who drugged girls half his age so he could rape them while they were unconscious?

Me too (in fact I go back to before Robert Culp), but I started becoming disaffected with the advent of the Cliff Huxtable character. Not that I have anything against the name Cliff mind you, I’ve met John Ratzenberger and he’s exactly like his character only less sensitive to brown people. Not a Hillary supporter.

But Clavin is a blowhard and Huxtable something else. He has a privileged existence, Obstetrician married to a Lawyer, his own Brownstone (not cheap at all), 17 kids in College (I dunno, wasn’t it something like that? I lost track after Rudy.) also not cheap. His Dad was a Jazz Musician and hers a clergyman of some kind who always vaguely disapproved of Cliff because his Dad was a Jazz Musician. Of course everyone from that generation had bone hard Civil Rights Cred, Cliff and Claire were a bit too young to participate personally but they had feelings and stuff and weren’t total sell-outs to Whitey and his Plantation Mentality.


But he does love him some Libertarian / Republican Bootstrap talk-

  • Pull up your pants.
  • Get some real clothes, Jacket, Tie, Chinos, Wingtips not a Polyester Jumpsuit, Air Jordans, and Bling. Pull out those damn earphones, put away your phone, and stop listening to that filthy Rap Music.
  • And pull up your pants.
  • Stop drinking Olde English 40s out of a paper bag and smoking Blunts on your stoop, GET A DAMN JOB! Shave that nasty looking beard and if your hair ain’t straight enough and you’re not willing to conk it, at least cut it high and tight.
  • And pull up your pants.

Uh, thanks I guess Dr Huxtable. Way to be you.

How to be Joe Biden

DAVIS: Mr. Vice President, I want to come to you and talk to you about inequality in schools and race. In a conversation about how to deal with segregation in schools back in 1975, you told a reporter, “I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather, I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation, and I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.” You said that some 40 years ago. But as you stand here tonight, what responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?

BIDEN: Well, they have to deal with the — look, there’s institutional segregation in this country. And from the time I got involved, I started dealing with that. Redlining, banks, making sure we are in a position where — look, you talk about education. I propose that what we take the very poor schools, the Title I schools, triple the amount of money we spend from $15 to $45 billion a year. Give every single teacher a raise to the $60,000 level.

Number two, make sure that we bring in to help the teachers deal with the problems that come from home. The problems that come from home. We have one school psychologist for every 1,500 kids in America today. It’s crazy. The teachers are — I’m married to a teacher, my deceased wife is a teacher. They have every problem coming to them. Make sure that every single child does, does in fact, have 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds go to school. Not day care, school.

We bring social workers into some and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It’s not that they don’t want to help, they don’t know what — they don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television — excuse me, make sure you have the record player — on at night, make sure that kids hear words, a kid coming from a very poor school — a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time we get there.

DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

BIDEN: No, I’m going to go like the rest of them do, twice over. Because here’s the deal. The deal is that we’ve got this a little backward. And by the way, in Venezuela, we should be allowing people to come here from Venezuela. I know Maduro. I’ve confronted Maduro. Number two, you talk about the need to do something in Latin America. I’m the guy that came up with $740 million, to see to it those three countries, in fact, changed their system so people don’t have a chance to leave. Y’all acting like we just discovered this yesterday.

What Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations?

Oh, I expect Joe Biden to act like a mouthpiece for the corrupt and failed DLC, New Dem, Blue Dog Neo Liberal Order.

And a borderline senile moron with some dated (to put it politely) notions about physical space.

So he does.

Calvinist the sign of Election is God’s Favor on Earth you damn Grasshoppers (think you’re so smart, Perish Eternally in the Fire and Brimstone that is separation from him).

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go here Paul Krugman: Trump Hits the Panic Button

Why is he calling for emergency monetary stimulus? Politics.

Donald Trump marked the anniversary of 9/11 by repeating several lies about his own actions on that day. But that wasn’t his only concern. He also spent part of the day writing a series of tweets excoriating Federal Reserve officials as “Boneheads” and demanding that they immediately put into effect emergency measures to stimulate the economy — emergency measures that are normally only implemented in the face of a severe crisis.

Trump’s diatribe was revealing in two ways. First, it’s now clear that he’s in full-blown panic over the failure of his economic policies to deliver the promised results. Second, he’s clueless about why his policies aren’t working, or about anything else involving economic policy. [..]

Why is Trump panicking?

After all, while the economy is slowing, we’re not in a recession, and it’s by no means clear that a recession is even on the horizon. There’s nothing in the data that would justify radical monetary stimulus — stimulus, by the way, that Republicans, including Trump, denounced during the Obama years, when the economy really needed it.

Furthermore, despite Trump’s claims that the Fed has somehow done something crazy, monetary policy has actually been looser than Trump’s own economic team expected when making their rosy forecasts.

safe cheap levitra Eugene Robinson: House Democrats can’t have it both ways

House Democrats can’t have it both ways. Either they’re impeaching President Trump or they’re not — and it looks like they’re not.

Why Congress is not fulfilling what would seem to be its constitutional duty has nothing to do with the merits of the case against Trump, who adds to the list of his impeachable offenses almost daily. It has everything to do with a political calculation that I hope Democrats do not come to regret.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said this week his panel is “examining the various malfeasances of the president with the view toward possibly . . . recommending articles of impeachment to the House.” But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this is just a “path of investigation” that might lead to a formal impeachment inquiry or, presumably, might not. Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday the House has not launched an impeachment inquiry, but later clarified that he fully supports the “investigation” whose subject, according to Nadler, is impeachment.

On Thursday, Nadler’s committee approved procedural guidelines for its investigation or inquiry or whatever anyone wants to call it. “I salute them for that work,” Pelosi said later. But she added that “people are saying it’s good to be careful about how we proceed.”

Enough with the oh-so-subtle semantic distinctions. Do something or don’t — and be prepared to explain why. John Podesta: rump wants to spoil Alaska’s pristine environment. We can’t let it happen.

The Trump administration’s rush to allow oil companies to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last unspoiled wildlands in the world, has, to no one’s surprise, become a complete fiasco.

The fossil-fuel lobbyists who run President Trump’s Interior Department have bullied government scientists, ignored public opposition and cut every imaginable corner to hold an auction — this year — that will threaten the largest concentration of polar bears in the United States, the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd and a place of unparalleled natural beauty.

To add public insult to the injury of shameless self-dealing, Trump’s point man who was tasked with selling off the refuge to oil companies, Joe Balash, just took a top job at a foreign oil company that — no kidding — has reportedly been “weighing” a bid at the auction that Balash himself organized when he was at the Interior Department.

Investigations and court challenges are sure to come soon. Regardless, the Trump administration’s climate calamity in Alaska must be stopped.

canadian levitra 20mg Jennifer Rubin: A big loss in court for Trump

On Friday, a Second Circuit appeals court revived a lawsuit filed by businesses that claim President Trump’s unconstitutional receipt of foreign emoluments negatively impacted their business. This is the second emoluments lawsuit that is back on track, the other brought by more than two hundred members of Congress.[..]

The importance of the ruling is two-fold. First, it sets in motion a second court case in which plaintiffs might gain access to Trump’s financial records, including tax returns. Unless he can get the Supreme Court to stay the order, he’ll have to produce documents or defy legal subpoenas. Second, the ruling underscores the need for the House of Representatives to refocus impeachment hearings on Trump’s alleged financial improprieties — taking foreign money, self-dealing, directing the Air Force flights to Scotland so crews would patronize his hotel. Trump’s finances and his insatiable greed have always been his Achilles’ heel. His self-enrichment is exceedingly easy for anyone to understand and, if supported by evidence, would make it exceptionally hard even for Republicans to defend. The Judiciary Committee would be wise to put out a road map detailing potential financial improprieties, putting Trump and the country on notice that their president might be a crook.


viagra generico 100 mg italia pagamento online a Roma Catherine Rampell: Trump’s plan for the economy: Make Drinking Water Dirty Again

The Trump administration recently revealed its grand plan for turbocharging economic growth: Make Drinking Water Dirty Again.

The talking heads who get trotted out to defend President Trump frequently tout his supposedly stellar economic record. He’s unleashing gangbusters growth, they claim. You might not like the tweets, but you can’t deny that his tax cuts and deregulation have jump-started the economy.

But those tax cuts, so far, have been a bust, never delivering the sustained surge in business investment that Trump surrogates promised. In fact, business investment shrank last quarter, and recent indicators suggest it could weaken further. That’s partly because of Trump’s trade wars, of course.

Major independent forecasters predict that the economy will grow about 2.2 percent in 2019. As I noted in a recent column, that means we added $2 trillion to federal deficits to get us to . . . the average growth rate we saw during President Barack Obama’s second term.

Well done, Mr. President.

Moreover, Trump surrogates have never provided actual evidence for the assumed straight line between the president’s deregulatory agenda and economic growth.

So let’s consider the kinds of federal regulations that Trump has been rolling back, the ones that are supposedly boosting the economy.

cialis from online drugstore order Christine Emba: American children are under attack — but not from flavored vapes

There have been 22 shootings at U.S. schools in 2019 alone. Active-shooter drills are a back-to-school activity. America’s children are under attack.

And President Trump has moved to protect them by banning … flavored vape pods?

Apparently, it’s a mint-flavored Juul that stands as the biggest threat to children today.

On Sept. 11, a day on which we memorialize lives lost to senseless violence, the administration announced plans to ban most flavored e-cigarettes after a rash of vaping-related lung illnesses claimed six lives. The exact cause of illness has yet to be pinpointed, but the looming threat apparently spooked the Trump administration into rapid action. As of this week, the Department of Health and Human Services is publicizing its intention to “clear the market” of flavored vapes, hoping to finalize a plan in the next several weeks that would likely go into effect a month later. [..}

It’s something of a shock, then, to remember that this administration and the Republicans that back it can’t even bring themselves to cast a sideways glance at a gun, even though firearms cause an average of 1,500 children’s deaths each year. According to the University of Michigan, middle- and high-school-age children are now more likely to die as the result of a firearm injury than from any other single cause of death. Every day an average of 100 Americans are killed by guns. What about the youths affected by that?

Chernobyl on the Thames

Nothing to see here. Keep Calm and Carry On.

Even the Tories admit it: only duty free can get us through
by Marina Hyde, The Guardian
Fri 13 Sep 2019

“I’m afraid I didn’t do enough work at university. My strong advice is: don’t waste your time at university. [sigh] Don’t get drunk, don’t do … not that you would … but use it well … I frittered too much time at university, I’m afraid to say …” An excruciating pause. Shortly after, a boy no older than seven put his hand up and went: “Are we leaving Brexit with a deal or no deal?”

Wow. Look, I know Prime Ministers Say the Darnedest Things. But maybe the best way to stop no deal is to put a call in to Oxford and explain they need to retroactively award Johnson a first-class degree? Just claim there was a marking error or something. Having read the Yellowhammer documents forecasting shortages, pretty much any gambit is justifiable at this point in the interests of public safety. Giving the prime minister a belated first would just be the classics department version of a cop shouting at Raoul Moat: “It’s fine, mate! I know you didn’t mean to hurt her! Nobody’s going back to prison. Just put the gun down and we can talk.”

That this is all set against a backdrop of an advertising blitz gives the UK the feel of a Paul Verhoeven satire set in the near dystopian future. There’s “GET READY FOR BREXIT”. There’s “BE ONE OF THE 20,000 NEW POLICE OFFICERS”. But my favourite is the Treasury campaign, where animated booze glasses trilled the news that: “Beer, wine, spirits and cigarettes will all be duty free for people travelling to the EU if we leave without a deal.” You might be reminded of those Conservative ads a few years back, which said the government was “cutting the bingo tax and beer duty, to help hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy”. Those ads had their critics, but I admire the consistency and the realism, as the Conservatives continue to promote the notion that alcoholism and gambling addiction represent the smart choices for anyone governed by them.

In fact, these government-backed reminders to drink early and often fuel the same sense of deep optimism as that moment in the Chernobyl drama when the new recruit to the dogshooting unit turns up to the camp and sees endless stacked pallets of empty vodka bottles. When any government – Soviet or modern British – is pushing cheap booze on you, you’ve got to think you’ve landed on your feet. Haven’t you?

The alternative view, I suppose, is that government-advised inebriation and respiratory disease feels the next logical step of the Brexit shambles. “Prorogation” and “justiciability” and “stymying” and “fiat” – no one’s really sure precisely what these words mean, other than they weren’t in the brochure for the sunlit uplands. Still, don’t put your hand up and ask questions. Just accept we’ve been billeted in the irradiated uplands, gripped by a strong sense that the instruction book to our country has been lost.

Dasvidaniya Rodina.


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The Breakfast Club (Sea Of Change)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Israel and the Palestinians sign a major accord; President George W. Bush takes responsibility for the federal response to Hurricane Katrina; Attica prison uprising ends; Rapper Tupac Shakur dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The storm came. Lives were washed away. Ancient pains resurfaced. Now it is time for a sea of change.

Tavis Smiley

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Hey! It’s Sam!

All Sports Edition.

Actual Breaking News!

And Golf.

Moose Racing

More Golf!

Twits at The Times

Politeness on the Internet? How basic. My advice, now and always, is don’t take the bait no matter how bright, shiny, buzzy, injured snack imitating it is.

The Illusion of Civility

Irritating Parasite? Would Bret was the only one.


A Noble Gas

As the price of Helium increases the cost of things like MRI Machines, even running them because there is always some leakage, goes way up. It is equally true that we throw most of it away, it’s literally as cheap as dirt so at the moment there’s no incentive to price frivolous uses like Party Balloons out of the Market although there are restrictions in supply due to bottlenecks in transportation infrastructure.

And like it’s every place there is Natural Gas (though some are denser than others) which is everywhere so anyone willing to invest money in the capture is almost sure to find all they can sell. Clearly there is a natural cap on demand which means the Market is saturated in the stuff.

Will we ever run out? Well, we never thought we’d run out of Passenger Pigeons and Buffalo until we did.

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