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Oh, for a minute I thought you meant Zatarain's. Don't diss my Creole spice mix!

Keeps me warm in the winter, with a little bit of red beans and brown rice!

That amazing indulgence I came across in British Columbia:

I had no idea they'd make something like that. Basic fare, but good...

This is vile and why I don't read newspaper comments. They're worse than the KKK! Bet if I flew an

Irish flag and the Union Jack, they wouldn't object. And the couple were flying the American flag, too. I've given up talking to these goons. They make me sick. Problem is, they are all armed with itchy fingers.

To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.

~ Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

Well, I have a confession to make. Over 40 years ago, a census taker came to my home.

DH and I were still in our teens, so that is my only excuse. We'd taken in a number of stray cats, got them neutered and spayed, and given them various names. Some of were regular names, some not. They were not inside, they were outside enjoying their usual cheap thrills.

When the lady with the clipboard and forms sat down in the living room, she asked how many were living in the house. We gave her our names and those of the cats. We didn't mention they were cats, and she didn't ask, just dutifully wrote our names and those of the NINE cats.

And then she left and we waved her goodbye. We didn't get any mail about registering to vote, though. We wondered if she really put that in the database, as she'd listed them as family members. Which they were, you know.

Now you know.

What if they don't believe the guy yelling fire until it's no longer a matter of belief?

Only 3 days left to see 'The Roosevelts' for free at PBS:

These 4 brought me to tears:

Part 4: The Storm (1920 - 1933

FDR battles with polio and responds to the Great Depression.

Roosevelt felled by polio, living with it and serving others with polio, his wife Eleanor's political activity, and election to be the 26th POTUS. Includes some very sad personal details:


Part 5: The Rising Road (1933 - 1939)

Examine FDR’s New Deal and Eleanor’s growing political activism.


Part 6: The Common Cause (1939 - 1944)

Survey FDR’s leadership during WWII, while Eleanor tends to wounded servicemen.


Part 7: A Strong and Active Faith (1944 - 1962)

Examine Eleanor’s role as civil rights and U.N champion after FDR’s death.


The full list, including the Spanish versions:


About the inscription on the FDR Memorial pic:

'Nazi forces are not seeking mere modifications in colonial maps or in minor European boundaries. They openly seek the destruction of all elective systems of government on every continent - including our own; they seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers who have seized power by force. These men and their hypnotized followers call this a new order. It is not new. It is not order.'

~ Address to the Annual Dinner for White House Correspondents' Association, Washington, D.C. (15 March 1941).

A similar (but misleading 'quote') is inscribed on the FDR memorial, in Washington D. C., which says

'They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers... Call this a New Order. It is not new and it is not order.'

~ Thus saith Wikiquote.

Enjoy, friends of the BOG (Barack Obama Group)!

Yet he has been the most transformative, for the good of all Americans, and done much:


I will miss him, a quiet and hard working champion of all the people.

He's wanted to go since 2012. A short, incomplete list of his accomplishments:

DOJ Watch

For a while now I have been focusing on documenting the accomplishments of Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice - especially the Civil Rights Division.

That's partly because no other federal department was more distorted and dismantled than this one during the Bush years. Mr. Holder had a huge job walking into that mess and I've been more than a little impressed with how he's performed.

In addition, some critics of the Obama administration try to say that he's not done enough for the African American community. These stories put a lie to that critique:


Why I'll have Attorney General Eric Holder's back


DOJ takes on police brutality


Salon notes DOJ's focus on investigating police brutality


Fair Sentencing Act


In shift, DOJ's Civil Rights Division is hiring lawyers with civil rights backgrounds


More good news - Fair Sentencing Act applied retroactively


DOJ going after "reverse redlining"


DOJ investigates LA Sheriff for profiling


DOJ steps up to protect women's reproductive health care rights


When the right wing gets the story the left missed (update)


"A nation of cowards"


Who will have Attorney General Holder's back?


Attorney General Eric Holder: Champion Of The People

There are fools on the left, center, and right who have no clue what Attorney General Eric Holder does everyday. There are fools on the left, center, and right whose lives will never be affected by racism, sexism, injustice, poverty, discrimination and therefore do not understand or willfully choose not to understand why we need an Eric Holder. There are fools on the left, center, and right who call for this fighter of the downtrodden to be fired. Why are they fools? This is why:


More at first link, and most of the links go to other links so this is not just someone talking out of their hat.

I will miss Holder, a quiet, but steady man who has been a lightning rod for hatred from the Right, so much so that it permeates all online discussions. Holder is part of a 'brain trust' first employed by FDR, then by Obama:


It is a pity that because they are black, they are constantly ridiculed. Holder gave those who dismiss people of color a warning in the video above and in this one as well:

But he is more than just a footnote in the long line of black intelligensia. He has been championing the rights of the disregarded in America most of his life, from women, to gays, to the poor. He's gone to Ferguson to give the people there the tools to change the power structure that's been oppressing them.

Holder has taken the heat as the first AA AG, and gotten a lot done facing the same obstruction that the POTUS has been dealing with and demagoguery from all sides. Time seems to be going faster, it takes someone who is strongly focused to get things done.

Eric Holder has kept the faith and run a good race for the American people. I thank him and wish him well for all that he has done to uplift the poor and disenfranchised.

Some still follow the realms of Issa, Gowdy, Breitbart and others and see them as worth posting here. See how the a more lively Breitbart opined on the black intelligensia. And remember, they're not racist:

I think this picture says a lot about Obama and Holder, not rants how the AG should be raped 'with a cactus crosswise' as I saw cheered on DU3 at one time. I've sadly come to accept there is as much of an anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-government, anti-fact and anti-Democratic crew on the left as there is on the right.

They refuse to see that these men are intelligent, dedicated to the Constitution and helping America be all it was meant to be. As MLK, Jr. said, America is more of an ideal than a place, which still requires hard work.

And too many are willing, as MLK, Jr. feared, to burn the entire house down rather than acknowledge the Equality of blacks. They have done much to make this nation, and still believe in it and feel a sense of ownership. It is their outrage that burns brightest when those ideals don't translate into Equality for all:

Time for everyone to accept they are a worthy group whose voices, and especially those of great accomplishments as Obama has put into office, area as valid as those who are so quick to dismiss whatever they do. They are light years ahead of the many haters.


This resonates with me as a liberal and progressive and a Democrat:

“To me it just means that your gender doesn’t have to define who you are,” he said. “That you can be whatever you want to be, whoever you want to be, regardless of your gender.”

And this too:

“If everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone,” he said.

This is what our platform calls for across all the sexes along the continuum; and all the races and everything else, even going into that part of life that is not part of humanity. I don't see any way to be happy without this. It's ubuntu:

Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa- Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us. We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell. But we remember the gestures, large and small – introducing his jailors as honored guests at his inauguration; taking the pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family’s heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS – that revealed the depth of his empathy and understanding. He not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves. It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but also hearts.

to Sheshe:


Well, the animal kingdom has already shown they don't like 'em:

Snakes and bees 'flush out' Boko Haram fighters (Warning: snake pic)

26 June 2014

The Nigerian Army is struggling to flush Boko Haram Islamist fighters out of their forest fastness, but it seems snakes may be doing the job for them.

Two suspected Boko Haram gunmen captured by local volunteers in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, said they had fled the Sambisa Forest because of "incessant snake bites", the Vanguard newspaper reports.

One of the suspects, Kolo Mustapha, said bees have also been known to join in the attacks, often leaving their victims fatally injured. Some of his fellow-fighters think there is a supernatural aspect to the attacks, fearing that Boko Haram's victims are wreaking vengeance on their killers. Mustapha said he was caught because, like many others, he was trying to sneak back into town "as we have nowhere else to go". "Our leaders have fled to Cameroon," he added, saying they had forced local youths to join the group.

The other captive, Umar Abor, said "almost all our comrades are leaving the Sambisa because of constant attacks by snakes and bees". Many accuse Boko Haram leaders of having brought the plague upon themselves by kidnapping and killing civilians. The Civilian JTF volunteers agree that fighters have been fleeing the forest in growing numbers over the past two weeks, and were helping the security forces find weapons caches.



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