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Tom Yossarian Joad

Tom Yossarian Joad's Journal
Tom Yossarian Joad's Journal
September 28, 2022

If I were a Republican right now

and remembering R logic regarding Katrina I would have no Choice but to blame this hurricane on god's displeasure with DeSantis's treatment of immigrants.

September 27, 2022

Not political but what I found to be a nice vignette on FB

Sean Dietrich

September 25 at 5:00 PM ·

“You write too much about Waffle House,” writes John, from Hoboken, New Jersey. “I’m sick of reading about stupid Waffle Houses, they can’t be as good as you purport. We don’t have them here where I live.”

“You write about Waffle House like it’s the afterlife,” writes Carol of Clearwater, Florida. “For crying out loud, move on. It’s just grease and waffles.”

In response to my critics, I have three words: T-bone.

It’s 11:27 p.m. I walk into the Waffle House in Hampton, Georgia. The place is full tonight because it’s the only place open. And it’s the only place in America that serves a T-bone steak and a few eggs for under $15.

There are truckers with sagging eyes. College-age kids who have been out late, drinking too much Ovaltine. A table of young women in nursing scrubs, speaking rapid-fire Español. A four-top of guys in neon road-crew vests, eating hash browns.

My server tonight is Robert. He is young. His skin is the color of mahogany. His eyes do not focus on me directly. At first, I’m not sure whether he’s looking at me until he speaks.
“How are you tonight, boss?”

My grandmother’s vision was impaired all her life. His mannerisms remind me of hers.

“Know what you’d like to eat?” he says in a friendly tone.

So I place my order: T-bone. Hash browns. Coffee. The trifecta.

Robert writes this down with painstaking carefulness. I can tell he is straining to see his own text as he writes. He holds his nose only inches from the notepad. But nothing slows him down. This kid is a real talent.

Meanwhile, Robert has a full house of customers constantly calling for him, asking for this and that, and just generally being giant pains in the Blessed Assurance.

Moreover, I can tell Robert is working against his own eyesight. This young man has every right to be aggravated tonight, maybe even a little cranky. Because some of his troublesome customers are barking orders like brass hats in the heat of combat.

But this kid isn’t even fazed. He manages to make me feel like the most important customer on planet Earth.

I wish you could meet him. This young man is so cheerful, dutiful, and outgoing that he makes Santa Claus look like a jerk.

After writing my ticket, he calls out my order to the cook. And here is where Waffle House stands above the finest Michelin five-star restaurants in the world.

Watching a Waffle House server call orders is like watching someone work in oils or clay. Like watching the cliff swallows gather in San Juan Capistrano. Like seeing a sunrise in Waipahu. Like watching old Larry Welk strike up the orchestra.

The server stands on his or her mark. Then, using a special vocabulary, they communicate to the cook using the “Pull, Drop, Mark” calling system. A system based on three basic but elegant steps.

And it is a thing of beauty.

“Pull one T-bone!” he calls out. “Drop one in a ring!”

The cook gets to work.

And now, Robert’s job has just become considerably more involved. Because now it’s time for the “magic marking” portion of my order.

This is where each plate is marked by the server in an elaborate secret code, a visual code which relays custom orders to the cook.

This coded system is so complex, so finely tuned, so nuanced, that learning the code is not unlike trying to memorize the periodic table in Norwegian. It takes some servers months to get it right.
For example, if the server sets up your plate with a jelly packet atop a mustard packet, this means the customer wants an extra egg.

If the condiment packet, however, is turned horizontally at the top of the plate, this means the customer wants an omelet with ham.

If there is a ketchup packet in the middle of a plate, it means sirloin, medium. If the packet is at the bottom: sirloin, rare. Packet at the top: sirloin, well done.

If there are two pickles at the bottom of a plate, this means a sandwich with bacon. But if you move those pickles left or right, you indicate different meats.

A mayo packet atop a butter packet, placed atop the cook’s board means a light waffle. If the mayo is facing up; a dark waffle.

If there is a butter packet, mayo packet, mustard packet, jelly packet, three pickles, four nickels, a Saltine cracker, and one shoelace twisted into the shape of the Virgin Mary, this means call for help, the server is about to have a nervous breakdown.

Robert calls my order perfectly. The cook prepares my order with precision agility. My coffee never falls below the rim.

And even though this dining room is chock-full of difficult customers incessantly asking for more stuff, I receive my food from Robert in four minutes and eighteen seconds.

The guy beside me at the counter receives his chicken melt in less time than that. And if this doesn’t impress you, then you can go back to Taco Bell and starve.

The guy next to me finishes his meal and points to Robert.

“Man,” he says, “I am so impressed with this kid. He’s incredible, ain’t he?”

That he is.

Grease and waffles my foot.

September 26, 2022

A very revealing Donald Trump quote about why he ran for president

Ask most politicians why they run for president and you are likely to get an answer that sounds something like, “I wanted to do the most good for the most people as possible,” or something similar.

Maggie Haberman for her forthcoming book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” revealed the “why” behind his past and (likely) future bids for the nation’s highest office.

“The question I get asked more than any other question: ‘If you had it to do again, would you have done it?’” Trump told Haberman. “The answer is, yeah, I think so. Because here’s the way I look at it. I have so many rich friends and nobody knows who they are.”

OK. So, just to be crystal clear here – Trump is saying that if he had it to do all over, he would run for president again because it made him more famous. That the key motivation for him to run for president was to be well-known – and it worked. /SNIP


Found this to be a nice affirmation of my feelings since the beginning of orange madness.

September 26, 2022

U.S. warns of catastrophic consequences if Russia uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine

Source: Reuters

KYIV, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The United States warned on Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" if Moscow were to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, after Russia's foreign minister said regions holding widely-criticized referendums would get full protection if annexed by Moscow.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/shelling-hits-southern-ukraine-russia-un-spotlight-over-escalation-2022-09-25/?fbclid=IwAR3Enl-_tfmLfPr5dl7yhtMyAx7LQNDErzb652I18ZTFMiGwoZbNn8hd7eg

Paywall. Will look for free source.


United States warned on Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" if Moscow were to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, after Russia's foreign minister said regions holding widely-criticized referendums would get full protection if annexed by Moscow.

Votes in four eastern Ukrainian regions, aimed at annexing territory Russia has taken by force, were staged for a third day on Sunday. The Russian parliament could move to formalize the annexation within days.

By incorporating the areas of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia into Russia, Moscow could portray efforts to retake them as attacks on Russia itself, a warning to Kyiv and its Western allies.

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the United States would respond to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine and that it had spelled out to Moscow the "catastrophic consequences" it would face.

September 25, 2022

"I don't think he's bluffing": Zelenskyy says Putin's nuclear threats "could be a reality"

Source: CBS

Washington — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday that he does not believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is bluffing with his threats to use nuclear weapons, and urged Ukraine's allies to continue putting pressure on Putin to deter him.

"Maybe yesterday it was a bluff. Now, it could be a reality," Zelenskyy said in an interview with "Face the Nation." "He wants to scare the whole world. These are the first steps of his nuclear blackmail. I don't think he's bluffing. I think the world is deterring it and containing this threat. We need to keep putting pressure on him and not allow him to continue."

Putin last week threatened to use nuclear weapons as he announced a partial mobilization of his military reserves, prompting Russian men of fighting age to flee the country to avoid fighting in Ukraine. The call-up by Putin of his military reserves came just before people in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine began voting on whether to become part of Russia, a process that has been denounced by the West.

President Biden said Friday the referendums are a "sham" and "false pretext to try to annex parts of Ukraine," while Zelenskyy warned an annexation would make it "impossible" for diplomatic negotiations with Putin to continue.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/volodymyr-zelenskyy-vladimir-putin-ukraine-russia-nuclear-weapons-face-the-nation/?fbclid=IwAR0Q-RgxP8wv1RQh65IPMQEMSBl7eaTTKoWlWbcew3Jm2TmD905ZTJy2ols

September 25, 2022

'It is surreal': Canada's Atlantic coast residents describe devastation as Fiona wipes away homes an

Source: CNN

'It is surreal': Canada's Atlantic coast residents describe devastation as Fiona wipes away homes and knocks out power

(CNN)Fiona ripped through Canada's eastern seaboard at hurricane strength after making landfall in Nova Scotia on Saturday, slamming the area with fierce winds and storm surge, sapping power for hundreds of thousands and washing away or collapsing some coastal homes.

Fiona, now a post-tropical cyclone, continued to slowly weaken Saturday evening and into the night as it moved away from the coastal town of Channel-Port aux Basques, in Newfoundland and Labrador, where the storm left a trail of devastation. Some coastal homes in the area collapsed and a few toppled structures fell into the sea or were surrounded by floodwater, pictures sent from the province Saturday morning showed.
In Channel-Port aux Basques, houses were washed away, Mayor Brian Button said in a Facebook video Saturday. Huge waves reaching the eastern shores of Nova Scotia and southwestern Newfoundland caused "severe coastal flooding" at the town, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said Saturday night.

Authorities in the province declared a state of emergency for the town amid "multiple electrical fires, residential flooding and washouts" Saturday morning.

René Roy, editor-in-chief of Wreckhouse Press, a local news publication, described a scene of carnage in the storm: uprooted trees, at least eight nearby homes vanished in the wake of a violent storm surge, cabins floating by, a boat carried by floodwaters into the middle of a local playground. /snip

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/24/weather/hurricane-fiona-canada-saturday/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2hGI98AS6NgtDg49UckxOmMCVP3bQ3UajVIB6BAWPnXQmaRT1saYRNJ1s

September 24, 2022

Investors pull almost $140 million from the company planning to merge with Donald Trump's Truth Soci

Source: Insider

Investors are walking away from commitments to invest in a company that planned to merge with Donald Trump's Truth Social platform.

"Blank-check" company Digital World Acquisition said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday that some backers were pulling a total of $139 million they had planned to put into the deal. Digital World had previously announced funding commitments of $1 billion.

The investors who signed up for the deal about a year ago were able to back out if it was not completed by September 20.

The investors who walked away were not disclosed in the filings, but Reuters reported that Sabby Management, which planned to put in $100 million, is one that had bowed out. /snip

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/investors-pull-140-million-from-merger-with-trumps-truth-social-2022-9?fbclid=IwAR3bdtAzddpYSMsHMf7rL5pRtWrAyhXm2LnFYayHgzXmVmN3FUTQEJp8EAM

September 24, 2022

Strangest True Headline of the week:

Cannibal Pleads Guilty to Eating Kevin Bacon Newsweek

A Michigan man pleaded guilty to murder and mutilation of a dead body on Thursday.

Mark Latunski admitted he killed 25-year-old Kevin Bacon in December 2019, after meeting him on a dating app.

He had been due to appear in court for a plea hearing on October 13, ahead of a trial starting on October 18.

Previously Latunski had pleaded not guilty, with his attorney making an insanity defense based on a long history of mental illness. /Snip


September 24, 2022

Just in case you missed this:

Trump’s embrace of QAnon raising concerns about future political violence

Former President Trump appears to be embracing the unfounded theories of the extremely far-right QAnon community and it's raising concerns about future political violence. Mike Rothschild, author of "The Storm Is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything," joined Amna Nawaz to discuss.

There's been a lot of headlines, a lot of attention to pay to some of these elements. There's a song, in particular, that seems to be associated with people who follow QAnon. And Trump actually has used it in a video.

It has also been played at rallies, like this one last weekend in Ohio. Just take a quick lesson.

Donald Trump, Former President of the United States: We are a nation that has weaponized its law enforcement against the opposing political party like never, ever before. We have got a Federal Bureau of Investigation that won't allow bad election-changing facts to be presented to the public.


PBS News Hour video at link

September 24, 2022

When you look like this you shouldn't be surprised with a heavy sentence.

(CNN)Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an ex-Army reservist and US Capitol rioter who said January 6, 2021, was "exhilarating" and felt like "civil war" was sentenced on Thursday to four years behind bars.

"This is a significant sentence," District Judge Trevor McFadden said.

McFadden lambasted Hale-Cusanelli for his "sexist, racist and antisemitic comments" that the judge said motivated, in part, his actions that day.

Hale-Cusanelli, who was convicted in May of all five charges he faced, including the felony of obstructing an official proceeding, told the judge he "would never see my face again."


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