Friday, December 19, 2014

OMG GOP WTF? - Open the Old Cigar Box

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke. - Rudyard Kipling
Tom Delay said the quote below about the new Cuba policy. Do you think Tom is integrity-challenged? Think China and Saudi Arabia are repressive regimes? We have relationships with them. North Korea? Tom is nothing if he is not fashion conscious. And just as chickenshit as SONY.
This is surrender. This is a president who is a socialist to begin with reaching out to his socialist friends and opening up relationships with one of the most oppressive regimes in the world. The only worse one I can think of right now is North Korea. - Tom Delay

And Kinky Friedman once said "I'm not supporting their economy, I'm burning their crops."

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays from Nick's Place

Holidays help those
Who help them elves.
by Nick Vanocur

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Party Punches for New Year Celebrations

Punches are elegant and perfect for celebrations of all kinds. Never forget that Punch stock should be poured over a block of ice and served cold cold cold. The only exception is the Coffee Punch below. 

These Party Punches come from Charleston Receipts.  I recommend this cookbook. It is the encyclopedia of Southern comfort. Proceeds from the sale of Charleston Receipts cookbook go to many worthy community projects of the Junior League of Charleston. I receive no payment. 

Coffee Punch

1 gallon strong Coffee
1 quart Cream
2 quarts Vanilla Ice Cream
5 teaspoons Vanilla
5 tablespoons Sugar

Chill Coffee. Whip Cream, add Sugar and Vanilla. Place Ice Cream and whipped Cream in punch bowl and pour Coffee over it. Mix well before serving. ( If block Ice Cream is used, slice it into thin slices before placing in the punch bowl. ) 50-60 servings. 
– Mrs. S. Edward Izard Jr. (Anne Kirk)

Otranto Club Punch

1 pound loaf Sugar
1 quart strong Green Tea
Juice of 12 Lemons, strained
1-2 quarts carbonated Water
1 pint Peach Brandy
1 quart heavy or light Rum
2 quarts Brandy or Rye Whiskey

Dissolve the Sugar in the Tea; add Lemon Juice, Peach Brandy, Rum and the Brandy or Rye Whiskey. Use an abundance of ice, adding a liberal quantity of carbonated Water. 50-70 Servings.
- Louis Y. Davison Jr. 

Cotillion Club Punch

1/4 pound Gunpowder (Green) Tea (makes 5 quarts)
1 quart Cherries
2 dozen Lemons, juice
1/2 pint Fruit Syrup
12 quarts carbonated Water
6-8 quarts Rye Whiskey
1/2 pint Rum
1 pound Sugar made into thick syrup

Pour 5 quarts boiling Water onto the Tea, bring this to a boil; remove from fire at once and let stand until strong enough. Strain and, when cool, add juice of Lemons, Syrup from the Cherries and also the Rye and Rum. Sweeten to taste with any Fruit Syrup; add Sugary syrup and Cherries. Bottle this stock and keep on ice until ready to serve. Pour over block of ice, add one quart Carbonated Water to one quart of stock. This stock can be kept indefinitely if bottled and sealed. Yield 275-300 servings.
- A Charleston Gentleman 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Do not like it? Do not look. Boycott.

“I felt like crying but nothing came out. It was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can't feel any worse. I think you know it.” ― Charles BukowskiTales of Ordinary Madness
I am not watching TV because of the torture 'debate' the networks are sponsoring now. Torture is not debateable.

I feel sick thinking that my government has made me a torturer.

The networks think I am going to pay for this torture debate shyte and Little Luke Russert too? Out of their fooking minds. Not even to keep Lawrence and Joy and Rachel.

There is nothing to debate. Cable TV is a vast wasteland. And I am paying big bucks for it.

I can stop doing that. I have done it before. I can get Netflix on my laptop. There is life after cable TV.

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There is nothing to debate. Torturers are the scum of the earth. 
"So grotesque and preposterous are the principle characters in this galaxy of clowns and crooks that none but a thrice double ass could have taken them for rulers." Officer in the Allied Control Commission describing the architects of the Shoah during Nuremberg Trials for War Crimes. 
We are paying big bucks to insure our Clown Rulers and their toadys have their legal expenses paid if they are sued or prosecuted for doing the torture. Seems I cannot stop paying for torture, one way or another. They keep putting Cheyney on TV. 

Unless, of course, I do what the Founding Fathers did. Revolution is traditionally American. Just like watching TV. Just like boycott. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear of those...and one of those... - Attitude Adjustment

This video makes me want to go out and howl at the moon.
 I want three of these for Christmas. Chocolate, vanilla and ginger.
Desire never dies. 

I think I will give Cheesecake equal time: Vintage PinUp Girls:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Please sign the Petition to prosecute Bush and Cheny et al.


Prosecute, to the full extent of the law, all of the parties responsible for the use of torture outlined in CIA report

Torture is a war crime. There is no statute of limitations on war crimes. Those that have committed this crime should be tried and punished to set us right with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We need justice before there can be redemption. The time is now to set our moral compass in the proper direction by holding those responsible for the horrific acts done in our countries name. There needs to be accountability - there needs to be justice - there needs to be a trial for war crimes now that we know just what was done in our name.
Published Date: Dec 09, 2014 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Apache Land Grab - Sign the Petition

On December 4th, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included a provision to transfer 2,400 acres of Apache ancestral and ceremonial lands to a foreign mining company.
“Since time immemorial people have gone there. That’s part of our ancestral homeland. We’ve had dancers in that area forever – sunrise dancers – and coming-of-age ceremonies for our young girls that become women. They’ll seal that off. They’ll seal us off from the acorn grounds, and the medicinal plants in the area, and our prayer areas.”~ Terry Rambler, chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe
Prior to the House vote, the House and Senate Armed Services Committee attached a provision to the NDAA that would transfer Apache ancestral lands located in the Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto an Australian-English mining company. Sen. John McCain (R- AZ) was instrumental in pushing to get the provision language included.
Apache leaders learned of the inclusion of the provision to the NDAA while attending, ironically, the White House Tribal Nations conference. Republican lawmakers have tried for years to secure the transfer of these lands, but have always run into strong opposition from the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Democratic lawmakers.
The NDAA now goes to the Senate for vote.
Sign the White House petition to stop the Apache land grab:

Protesters rally against the proposed Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia on November 17. (Photo from Flickr / Mark Klotz) 

We can fight nonviolently and win. Click the picture to find out more. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014


I hate it when I get anywhere near to agreeing with Rand Paul. Guy always looks like he has been sleeping off a three day drunk in his car. Bear with me, please.

It is true that cigarette taxes are bad law as Rand Paul asserts. We disagree about why these taxes are bad law.

Cigarette taxes are bad law for ordinary folks - never mind "dangerous" for the police. Fuck the police. 

Eric Garner was a small business owner. A old school capitalist. He sold single cigarettes, called loosies in the Hood, for profit.

A pack of cigarettes is so expensive due to taxes, your basic working person and everyday street person cannot afford a whole pack at one time or has to make one pack last a week. Sometimes you just have to have a cigarette. And there on the corner stood Eric Garner ready, willing and not all that able. 

Taxes run government. The Suits decided to tax the shit out of cigarettes and thereby tax the shit out of addicts and working folks rather than tax the pusher Corpos and Wall Street. Naturally the nanny Progressives cheered. All that second hand smoke irritated their eyes, no doubt.

The working classes as a whole who smoke are being farmed for money to run government services just like Ferguson was being farmed for tax money to run government. Every man a profit center. 

I think there is plenty of blame to go around for the death of Eric Garner, right and left.

Selling loosies is not a capital offense. It is an interracial occupation in Philly. Whole damn murder was a matter of CLASS not race. This time. On second thought, it is a race and a class and a poverty thing.

"If Eric Garner had been selling naked credit default swaps instead of cigarettes – if in other words he'd set up a bookmaking operation in which passersby could bet on whether people made their home mortgage payments or companies paid off their bonds – the police by virtue of a federal law
called the Commodity Futures Modernization Act would have been barred from even approaching him."
Matt Taibbi

Thug is the New Nigger

You find that new usage by perusing the contents of this comment thread on Cops are getting fired for using the "N word"on social media. So they have substituted "thug."

It is true I hate the police. You can tell by the street art I chose. Evidently I am not alone in my hatred and distrust. I have never been arrested or charged with any crime. Maybe I am biased nevertheless. You read the comments and tell me what you think.

" is a discussion forum for law enforcement officers, and while anyone can access some of the site content, commenting privileges are available exclusively to verified police. The staff "confirm[s] the status of all officers registering for PoliceOne by calling that officer's department directly."

Posted by SAPDMAS on Wednesday, December 03, 2014 08:27 PM Pacific Report Abuse
People are sick and tired of thugs. Certain people better wake the hell up and stop supporting the thugs. 2 years 1 month before the head thug gets thrown out and hopefully a real POTUS gets elected.

This is the post that disturbed me the most below. Do you want to be policed this way and with this attitude. In Great Britain the police do not have guns and very few police shootings. In Japan the police help Seniors get their groceries home. American cops are the thugs. And it is not just poor Black folks who are being murdered by the Police anymore. It is the mentally ill. It is upper middle class business owners. It is old women. It is children.

Posted by haziz on Thursday, December 04, 2014 01:01 AM Pacific Report Abuse
President just does NOT understand - it is NOT police who need modify or change their approach to public encounters with blacks, BUT blacks who must not turn almost every encounter with police into a racial incident.
My 5 tips on how black and others can survive a police encounter with police are very simple and if you stop and think about it make a lot of sense:
1.Do NOT under any circumstance ARGUE with police out in the street. You cannot win an argument with police out in the field.
2.2. Do NOt raise your voice, but stay cool and calm. Do NOT make any quick or aggressive movements. Remember the police officer does NOT know you and will react to protect himself or those around him.
3.Police know that hands kill, so always keep your hands in plain sight. Before you move your hands ask permission, officer I need to go into my back pocket to get my ID, is that OK with you?
4.NEVER run from police even if you are innocent. When you run you create a heightened sense that something must be wrong here.
5.DO NOT resist arrest – if you do one of three things is going to happen:
a.You are going to get beat down till you stop resisting
b.You are going to get injured or accidentally killed
c.And you are going to have charges taken out against you

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Cat Haiku

cat haiku
You never feed me. 
Perhaps I'll sleep on your face.
That will sure show you.

You must scratch me there! 
Yes, above my tail!
Behold, elevator butt.

The rule for today: 
Touch my tail, I shred your hand.
New rule tomorrow.

In deep sleep hear sound 
cat vomit hairball somewhere
will find in morning.

Grace personified. 
I leap into the window.
I meant to do that.

Blur of motion, then -- 
silence, me, a paper bag.
What is so funny?

The mighty hunter 
Returns with gifts of plump birds --
your foot just squashed one.

You're always typing. 
Well, let's see you ignore my
sitting on your hands.

My small cardboard box. 
You cannot see me if I
can just hide my head.

Terrible battle. 
I fought for hours. Come and see!
What's a 'term paper?'

Small brave carnivores 
Kill pine cones and mosquitoes,
Fear vacuum cleaner

I want to be close 
to you. Can I fit my head
inside your armpit?

Wanna go outside. 
Oh, poop! Help! I got outside!
Let me back inside!

Oh no! Big One 
has been trapped by newspaper!
Cat to the rescue!

Humans are so strange. 
Mine lies still in bed, then screams;
My claws are not that sharp.

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Organic Rum and Jasmine Liqueur

I am gifting myself with a bottle of organic Jasmine Liqueur this Christmas. And one of dark Rum. Corporate distillers use additives that ordinary folks would not use, if we made our own spirits.

Making liqueur at home used to be common in American life as this scene from Arsenic and Old Lace attests. An excellent cookbook which has a chapter on home liqueur making is Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine.

Greenbar Organic Distillery makes their own Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Liqueurs and Bitters without additives, using classic distillery techniques and all organic ingredients.

A bottle of anything Greenbar makes would be a welcome hostess gift. I have nothing to gain from any transaction you make with Greenbar beyond the success of the company. Quality counts.

TRU Jasmine Martini

1 1/4 oz TRU vodka
1 oz FRUITLAB jasmine liqueur
1/4 oz simple syrup
Glass Types: (Martini/Coupe)
Shake + strain into a martini glass
Garnish with an edible flower

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I finally got this poem right. Merry Christmas to me and thee.

A Bitty Ditty for Marilyn

Fornicate! Fornicate!
Who gave us this SEX so great?
It's God.

As I do the in and out,
I have oft been known to shout:
Oh God!

And here is a Christmas poem for your enjoyment.

Twelve Days of Christmas

On the 12th day of Christmas, my Rupert gave to Me:

12 dullards droning
11 ranters ranting
10 bores-a-boring
9 baggers bragging
8 hawks-a-hawking
7 spinners spinning
6 geezers greying
5 Ben-gha-zis
4 Blondes with Thongs
3 Freedom Fowl
2 Phony Facts
and a pervert named Bill O' Reilly.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AssHats on Parade - Merry Christmas and Kill the Gays Edition

I do not know what to say. Christians who make sounds like Nazis are good? A pastor who calls for the execution of minorities is a Christian?
I say: my Christian feeling tells me that my lord and savior is a warrior. It calls my attention to the man who, lonely and surrounded by only a few supporters, recognized what they [the Jews] were, and called for a battle against them, and who, by God, was not the greatest sufferer, but the greatest warrior... - Adolf Hitler

Isaiah and Hitler disagree about the qualities of The Servant of Israel, thought by Christian theologians to be the Christ himself.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces, he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. - Isaiah 53
I mean, when we consider the qualities we want in a faith or political leader, who are you going to call? Isaiah or Adolf?

Some Rabbis, the guys who can actually read the OT in the original language, say the Pastor is full of shit with that stone the gays and kill the sick stance. More politely than I put it of course. I may be a dirt but am only throwing cake not death by execution.


Jewish law has prohibited intimate relations between two men or two women because intimate relations are traditionally permitted only within the context of marriage, and a societally recognized same-sex union was never an option before our time. It is now, because homosexual relations are no longer considered an abomination. The term תועבה as used in the Torah to describe many proscribed actions, including gay sex, was not absolute but relative to society and time. The halakhic system recognizes that certain realities change through time. The new contemporary reality of a same-sex couple in a recognizable consecrated relationship should be excluded from the Torah’s and subsequent halakhic prohibitions. This “exclusion” is called a mi’ut in halakhic parlance. There are a number of examples where the Rabbis limit, through mi’ut, the application of legislation from the Torah, which we cite in our responsum. However, like heterosexual relations, same-sex relations are permitted in the context of a recognizable consecrated union. Not only does this reflect a changed reality; it also accords with traditional Jewish sexual ethics, especially as articulated by the Rabbinical Assembly in its 1996 Letter on Intimate Relations. Consecrated unions establish the context where sexual intimacy can achieve holiness and be permitted by halakhah. The Torah’s prohibition, then, does not apply in our new context.

In traditional midrashic parlance we might express our argument as follows:
את זכר לא תשכב...תועבה היא. מתי לא תשכב? בזמן שתועבה היא.
“Do not lie with a is an abomination.”
When does the prohibition apply? When it is considered an abomination. However, when societal perceptions have changed and homosexual relations are no longer considered abominations, the prohibition disappears."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nick's Place - Poetry by Nick Vanocur

With the GOP turning to mush
There arose the candidate Bush.
With the white folks in dread
They said "You're our boy, Jeb
And we'll give you millions in slush."

Monday, December 1, 2014

OMG GOP WTF? - Queen Guiliani Haz a Hair Ball

Giuliani Triples Down On Racist Tirade Over Brown Killing, Wants Witnesses Prosecuted For Perjury By Heather 

Is Rudy Guiliani competent mentally and politically? Here is Rudy Guiliani doing the Drag Queen. He has a 'right to kill.'

This is what a Drag Queen looks like.

And this is what a Drag Queen looks like. Fabulous. If I want to see a tired out old Italian Nonna, I can look in the mirror at home. Are you listening SNL?

Is Rudy Guiliani competent mentally and politically? About as competent at being a respected public figure as he is at being a Drag Queen. You are killing me, Rudy Baby. Killing me. STFU.

Sign of the Month - December 2014 - Brotherhood of Man

“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” - Thurgood Marshall 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I am NOT shopping.

"Bah, humbug." - Ebenezer Scrooge
I remember shopping. My Nonna would get her shopping bag. She and I would go to Mazilli-Baptisti to buy Italian staples. There would be dried beans, chestnuts and lentils in barrels. The smell of cheese and cured olives was overwhelming. Then we visit the Butcher. Then dish towels from the Lady-Who-Speaks-Italian-so-Fast I cannot understand her. Then the Baker where the scent of anise would make me faint with cookie anticipation. Shopping was a dignified sensual tour of the neighborhood. We got all the Chambersburg news and tangerines at Nelly's Fruit. It was the most exciting part of my week. I was about four when she started to take me shopping.

I am not shopping anymore. Shopping has lost its charm. Why? People are shooting each other in the stores. Every fricking thing for sale is made of or wrapped in plastic. You know, that stuff that is never going to biodegrade and is forming islands?  Most of the things that compose the seatrash were not even manufactured in the 50s. Somehow we lived without plastic bags. And lived well. The streets were clean even in poor neighborhoods. The beaches and the surf were pristine.

You know what happened to Mazilli-Baptisti? The last time I went there was almost no stock. It was dark and dank and smelled bad. Then the owners, the Grandsons, got busted for dealing cocaine in the 80s. "L'america cosa si puo fare?" the old folks would say around the table.

I am not shopping. Mostly because I cannot afford to buy anything. Who is buying all this stuff? You got me. I only know one thing. As the Corpos who make everything we buy got larger and richer, the trash piles also got larger. And the jobs got smaller and meaner.

The Corpos privatize the profits and socialize the trash. You see them picking up any of this "disposable" crap? Or paying taxes for the city to do it? Plum Street is full of trash I pick up. Trash seems to flow down Plum Street from the Avenue like tampon applicators on the high tide.

I have had enough. I own enough. I am tired of dusting the stuff. I am not shopping. I wonder if I am alone.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

JONIK - Artists Give Me Such a Woody

I found another great political cartoonist. See more of the Artist's work HERE and HERE:



Monday, November 10, 2014

Stuff It, Turkey.

I love Philadelphia. If you poke around in corners of the city, you can find unexpected treasures. I found Simpson-Fletcher's Soul Food Recipes at the Tacony Library Book Sale. 

Find out about the Church that created the cookbook here if you want to know more about the particulars. Just scroll on down past the chicken coop.

Simpson-Fletcher's Soul Food Recipes devotes a whole chapter to Stuffings. These were the most interesting. I will be trying them over the Holidays. They make a yummy sound in my mind.

If you try them, let me know how they turned out. Regional recipes do not contain step by step directions or even quantities. I produce them verbatim anyway. This Foody assumes an adventurous spirit in anybody who frequents Plum Street. I am making the Fish or the Capon. I hate Turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sweet Potato Stuffing the Jamaican Way
from Ms. Thelma Graham

1 and 1/4 cups mashed Sweet Potatoes
7 slices toasted Bread cubes
6 links Pork Sausage
2 tablespoons Water
1/4 teaspoon crushed Marjoram leaves
1/2 cup finely chopped Celery
1 finely chopped Onion
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Sage
1/2 teaspoon ground Thyme
2 tablespoons Butter
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Salt

Combine toasted Bread cubes and Celery with mashed Sweet Potatoes. Mix and set aside. In a frying pan, put Sausage links and cold Water. Cover and cook for 10 minutes then pour off any fat and break links into small parts. Add chopped Onion to the pan and cook until Sausage is browned and onions are clear. Remove from heat and add all the seasoning. Mix well. Now add Sausage mix to the Sweet Potato mixture. Blend well and stuffing is ready for stuffing a large Capon.

Sweet Pickle Stuffing for Baked Fish
from Albert the Chef

2 cups Rye or Whole Wheat Bread crumbs
1 cup Sweet Pickles, minced
2 Celery Stalks, chopped
2 tablespoons Onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Sage (optional )
2 tablespoons melted Butter

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Toss the crumbs so they are well coated with melted butter. Stuff the Fish cavity. This is enough for a 3 pound Bass or Trout.

Poor Man's Turkey

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln
This recipe comes from Karen Rock and Recipes of the Liberty Bell Chapter #266 - Vietnam Veterans of America. Seems apropos given the cuts in food assistance nationwide. Yes, I am even political on Thanksgiving. Probably why I am single. I am not running a Chili Parlor. I am a political organization.

This might taste awfully good on those days when you are sick of leftover Turkey and you have some stuffing left. I never have any stuffing left. And I hate Turkey. Might have to improvise. Happy Thanksgiving.

Poor Man's Turkey

1 pound Ground Beef
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
1 Egg
1 small Onion, chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 cup cooked Stuffing
1 slice raw Bacon (optional)

Combine first five ingredients and form into one loaf. Cut in half lengthwise and insert Stuffing into the middle of the loaf. Put back into shape and bake one hour at 375 degrees. Place strip of Bacon on top of meatloaf to keep it from drying out. Serves 4.

The Evil Queen Said What?

Cardinal Burke has said that the Roman Catholic Church led by Pope Frankie is a 'rudderless ship.' I love my Papa Frank. As long as we are flinging poo, Cardinal, I think I will join in the fun.

I never see pictures of Pope Frankie with some guy's face in his crotch. I wonder if the phrase 'tone deaf' has any meaning for the Cardinal. When I was confirmed at Immaculate Conception, there was an altar rail between me and the Bishop's johnson.

Do you think the Cardinal is a power top? If it looks like a power top and it walks like a power top ... well, you know.

Cardinal Burke says that it is a not a good idea to invite my same-sex-married Sister and her spouse to Christmas Dinner because it may hurt the children to see them. Never mind the happy couple have a son.

First, when did Cardinal Burke become the Host at my holiday dinner table? What hubris. What revolting narcissism.

Second, I do not want my children and grandchildren to see Cardinal Burke. They might point and laugh and that is rude. We must avoid "occasions of sin."

Third, I do not want to see Cardinal Burke. Evil Queen. Evidently, Pope Frankie feels the same way.

Cardinal Burke has so much 'rudder,' he needs some nameless faceless boy to carry it for him and look after his hat. See that big honker of a ruby ring that matches Burke's rudder?

See the Nuns way back there in the balcony in the photograph?

Pope Frankie did not ask for much. Pope Frankie only asked Burke to shut the fuck up. You would think a prince of the church would have the grace and good sense to accommodate God's representative on Earth. Hey, do not give me any lip. I am just holding the RCC to its own standards.

Ya think all this satin and lace and nasty remarks about my family is really what Jesus had in mind? Do ya think Cardinal Burke would look better in purple than the red with ermine? Thank you, Federico Fellini, for the fabulous fashion tips. Cardinal Burke needs help. I mean, everybody knows you do not wear white shoes with red satin, ermine and handmade lace. So stodgy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

TALK BACK by VOTE! - November 2014 Sign of the Month

I learned how to do a write-in vote this morning. It was easy. The poll watcher and election judge never did a write in vote before. So we both did something new.

And now I am teaching my kids all about the write in vote. I do not have to settle for a substandard candidate. Democracy - it is a wonderful thing. Writing in the guy you really want is the way to go. I voted for myself. Nobody better.

I voted YES! for Tom Wolfe and Jason Dawkins. 

NO on Brendan Boyle. I will not vote for an anti choice Democrat. And time for a change from the Tartagliones. Past time. 

That said, the little sign is the party machine sign.  

The big sign is the TALK BACK SIGN. Hat tip to scribeboy

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cranberry Walnut Thanksgiving Pie - Happy Holidays!

When I first encountered this recipe, I scoffed. Nothing this easy could be all that good, I thought. The easy in this pie is no pastry to make. I was so wrong. Make this once and it will become a holiday favorite.

This recipe meets my standards (simple to make, no exotic ingredients, dynamite result). The sweet tart taste is divine. The pie has a texture like a soft shortbread cookie with fruit.

For cooks who have to turn out good food for their family on short notice in a regular kind of way, this recipe is a godsend. I found this recipe in a regional cookbook. It came from Mary Yeaple of York Friends Meeting. Mary Yeaple says of this recipe "I always make two pies at a time because they don't last long."

Cranberry Walnut Pie

1 1/4 cups fresh or frozen Cranberries
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup chopped Walnuts
1 Egg
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup all purpose Flour
1/3 cup Butter, melted *

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9 inch pie plate and layer cranberries on the bottom. Sprinkle with brown sugar and nuts. In a bowl, beat egg until thick; gradually add sugar, beating until thoroughly blended. Stir in flour and melted butter; blend well. Pour or spoon over the cranberries. Do not stir. Do not worry if the batter does not cover each berry and nut. The high butter content and lack of leavening make the batter relax and become more liquid when heated. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve with ice cream or whipped topping. English custard sauce would be good too.

* Note: 5 1/3 tablespoons to be exact - I eyeball it with the help of the little tablespoon marks on the butter label. Be sure to use a nine inch pie pan. Do not take the pie out too soon or it will be too soft. Let it cool completely before slicing. A pie server is useful.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bat Cat says BOO!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! See more pet costumes HERE

Warning - some of the costumes at the linked site seem less than dignified and a bit cruel. However, most are funny and make you go AWWWW! Take your silly pictures, laugh if you must and get that damn costume off your long suffering pet ASAP.