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Name: Dave
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Hometown: Gallatin, TN
Home country: USA
Current location: Portland, OR
Member since: Mon Nov 6, 2006, 02:59 PM
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Keirugs? I think I want one. Not the 2.0 version though. Thoughts?

I'm thinking of buying one of the entry-level Keirugs, the K40 for myself as my Xmas gift to me. It's only about $100 and I have a store discount card I can use. So it doesn't seem I'm being too extravagant.

Any thoughts, opinions, suggestions?

Pressure Nixon to Appoint a Special Prosectuter.

As I understand it, Gov. Nixon can appoint a special prosecutor and we should pressure him to do so.

The concept of "Double Jeopardy" does not apply here. Wilson did not go before a jury of his peers. He was simply not indicted. That does not mean a subsequent prosecutor cannot bring charges.

Wow, when you lose Nancy Grace you're really screwed. (VIDEO) Feruguson.

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/videos/video/nancy-grace-goes-off-on-darren-wilson-it-doesn-t-add-up

Nancy Grace joined CNN’s Brooke Baldwin to discuss the Ferguson grand jury decision Wednesday afternoon and she had a lot to say about Officer Darren Wilson’s version of the story, which has finally come out through his testimony and interviews. According to her, the whole thing “doesn’t add up.”

ON EDIT:

Former prosecutor turned CNN screaming banshee Nancy Grace took on the grand jury findings in the Michael Brown case. She found the prosecutor McCulloch not to be a very good prosecutor and Darren Wilson to not be very honest.

Apparently, she does have some ethics with which I formerly did not credit her. Her total frustration over the way the prosecutor handled the grand jury in the Brown case is evident.

Go Investigate Something Real!’ CNN Anchor and Ferguson Protestor Clash

This CNN anchor is an ass. He's exactly why people of color are so upset. Old white guys like him (I'm an old white but I'm not like him). Especially anchors who want to create sensationalist video clips.

He shows no compassion and absolutely no understanding how bad life in Ferguson is for young African-American males. I don't blame the young man for being angry.

Video at the link:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/go-investigate-something-real-cnn-anchor-and-ferguson-protestor-clash/

The dumbest ass thing the anchor said was why don't we all take a breath and let things blow over. NO, FUCKING NO!!!!!!! You'd love that. Then this could fall out of the media like Newtown did.

Those citizens of Ferguson need to keep protesting peacefully.

My biggest fear is the KKK and the police, who are rumored to be associated with the KKK, will incite something. That they will either incite fights or they will do some kind of major bombing and shooting and try to make it look like it was the protesters. That whole "false flag" thing that has gotten the US into wars in the past.

Quick Pickling Recipies - anyone have one the really like. Tips are also appreciated.

I'm going to a friend's place for t-giving and want to make a relish tray. I thought it might fun to quick pickle the veggies rather than just buy a bunch of jars and only open lids. I want to put out a little more effort than that.

I found several by Googling. Most of make the pickling brine with equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar. I always love our fresh cucumbers from the garden soaked in vinegar.

Any tips and cautions are also appreciated.

ON EDIT: I do know to remove the seeds and guts of the jalapenos so the veggies won't get too hot.

The SCOTUS Fucking-Five

I've been using the term "Fucking-Five" in my recent posts to refer to Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia and Kennedy.

In the past I have advocated for using the word "Fuck" less on this site. I'll have to say with respect to the Fucking-Five I respectfully withdraw my argument to not use the word "Fuck."

Please feel free to use the term "SCOTUS Fucking-Five" in your posts here and elsewhere. I'm very certain everyone will understand.

I Really Hope the GOP Follows Cruz's Playbook.

Ted Cruz has said a GOP Senate should be like the GOP House. Hearings on the Obama Administration non-stop. Possibly impeachment.

I hope they do this because I think it will sour the general electorate, the independents in particular, in time for the 2016 elections.

The economy and jobs are all on you now GOP. No Democratic Senate to blame.

It is going to be a long two years until 2016.

Fireball being recalled in Europe

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/28/frathouse-favorite-fireball-whiskey-recalled-in-europe.html

This explains a lot about how I fee the next morning after doing Fireball shots.

Why Adrian Peterson Should be Allowed to Play (work)

Sure, in some of my earlier posts I climbed on the band wagon of "Punish Peterson" and the general "burn the witch at the stake" kind of philosophy.

After a couple of glasses of Chardonnay and reading some of the very good posts in disagreement with my earlier position I have to say I have changed my mind. That's something we do here on DU all the time. We actually read arguments against our position and are willing to be moved by them.

I think the best thing for Peterson's children would be to allow him to work so he can continue to support them. Yes, we do need to call out the abuse he visited upon one of his kids and make it a topic for discussion and an example of how not to be a parent.

It will not help that particular kid and Peterson's other children if we put Peterson in a jail cell. What WILL help Peterson's kids is to allow Peterson to work and provide support for his children. What will help Peterson's kids is the justice system requiring Peterson have therapy and learning how to be a parent without using physical violence as discipline.

Thanks Pisces for making the good argument that helped me change my mind.

On Edit:

When I wrote my OP I didn't know that he was going to get paid over $10 million even if he doesn't play. I did the wrong thing and assumed that if he didn't start in a game he didn't get a paycheck. I was wrong.

At this point I'd have to say his children and their mothers need to do everything within their legal limits to secure some of his pay/pension to support the kids and their future.

So "what do I think about my OP?" I think I was wrong and I'm not embarrassed to say so.

Adrian Peterson and Parenting

Okay, I grew up in the South and one of the most horrible phrases we ever heard as a kid was "Go pick out your switch." It always followed us doing something we'd been clearly instructed not to do.

Yep, I got spanked with a switch and with a belt.

If I threw a tantrum and refused to obey my parents my dad would have probably taken his belt to my behind. His "whooping" of me and my siblings was more symbolic than physically punitive. Yep, we'd get a few licks across our behinds.

Never, NEVER anything that was even remotely severe enough to leave a mark. Much less leave wounds a doctor would see days later and feel compelled to report to Child Protective Services.

With respect to the Adrian Peterson stories I find this particular text from him to his baby-momma particularly disturbing.

"But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!”

The thought "tearing that butt up when needed" really disturbs me. When, exactly, does a 4-year-old's butt need "tearing up?" For that matter, when does a child of any age need their butt torn up? And if you "felt so bad" then why didn't you stop?

Exactly what kind of "needed memories" is Peterson hoping to instill in his children? Fear that they will be physically abused? That seems so.

Sure, the child in question misbehaved. He apparently pushed another kid off a video game. Wow, not shocking that a 4-year-old would do such a thing. Yes, the child needed to be corrected about his bad behavior.

However, I think a simple swat on the behind and actually talking to the child and saying things like "No" and "No, don't do that" would have been more than sufficient.

"Whooping" a kid with a tree branch is completely over the line.
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