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Topic: Alaska returns to Russia
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:30:08 PM

If Russia really wants to get back Alaska, I think they should go up into the northern regions of the Arctic where the Polar bears live. All they have to do is cut a big hole in the ice over a deep part of the Bering Sea. Line the hole with English peas. When an Alaskan comes up to take a pea, kick him in the ice hole. Do that 700,000 times and the country is yours.

"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
Topic: Alaska returns to Russia
Posted: Saturday, January 06, 2018 3:00:23 PM
Just how do you suppose they go about it? WWIII? Buy it back for $7million? Have a coin toss and winner takes all? Have Putin and Trump arm wrestle for it? Or, simply ask the US to give it back?

If I were a betting man, I wouldn't lay odds on it happening.


"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
Topic: John Steinbeck
Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:06:21 AM
I read Travels With Charlie as a child when I had limited traveling experiences, and again as an adult after I had traveled to all 50 of the United States and been to many of the places he describes in the book. It was written prior to construction of the Interstate highway system and was more challenging to drive across the county.

East of Eden is perhaps my favorite story of his. It covers a wide range of human conditions and our responses to them. Grapes of Wrath is very dark and recalls an era in which my parents lived and used to tell stories of their experiences at that time.


"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
Topic: "it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall"
Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:56:20 AM
As a life long fan of Bob Dylan's music, I think it is difficult to interpret the meaning of his lyrics. Even he used to say that it means whatever you want it to be, that he only writes songs.

That being said, this song tells me about a young man going out into the world, seeing things, hearing things, meeting others and deciding what he will do now. A hard rain washes away debris and wipes the slate clean. Perhaps he is saying to not worry about what you perceive and experience because it is all temporary. Perhaps.

"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
Topic: Hey TEXANS: If You Know Beans About Chili...
Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:47:06 PM
Down around San Antonio, Texas chili is referred to as a Bowl of Red. If it does have beans in it (heaven forbid) it is called a Bowl of Red on a Jukebox.

My mamma used to make chili using cayenne peppers, coarse ground chuck with lots of fat, cumin, onions and not much else. No beans, no tomatoes and definitely no cheese or spaghetti (YUK).

She started by splitting open the cayennes and drying them on a cookie sheet under the oven pilot light, back in the day when ovens had pilot lights. The next day, she cut up a chuck roast into pieces of beef about the size of a .45 caliber bullet, blended the cayenne in with the meat as she ran it through a hand cranked meat grinder using a coarse grind blade. That went into a bowl, covered with wax paper and placed in the refrigerator overnight to give the meat some time to absorb the pepper. The next day it all went into a cast iron dutch oven and cooked all day long, occasionally skimming some of the grease off the top. Good chili has lots of grease. You knew when it had the right amount of cayenne if your eyes began to water when you walked into the kitchen. Us kids would eat it when we got hungry enough to endure the burn.

The way to judge a good bowl of red is to place it on your head and see if your tongue tries to beat a hole through the roof of your mouth to get a taste. Drool



"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
Topic: This Day in History
Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:23:38 PM
The saxophone produces a sexy sound, but the harmonica is my choice of instrument to learn to play, primarily due to the fact that it can be carried in a pocket. I have been playing them since the 1960s. Charlie McCoy, Charlie Musslewhite, Mickey Rafael, Magic Dick (Richard Salwitz of J.Geils fame), Bob Dylan, Toots Theilemans, Jerry Portnoy, and others are my favorites that I have tried to emulate. Blues, folk, jazz, rock n roll, and country are good genres for the harmonica.

Check out Jim "Turbodog" Antaki's website http://www.turboharp.com/ for the most innovative development of the instrument since Hohner invented the Marine Band diatonic harp. I have one of his earliest electronic harmonicas, the Turbo ELX, that uses a LED pickup, versus an acoustic pickup, to translate reed movement to sound. There is no feedback or hand noise from it. It's awesome and allows the harp player to compete with the lead guitarist.

"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
Topic: Sharing the Blame Over Syria - Foreign Policy
Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 8:36:25 PM
Yarin wrote:

And blood to the US means business.


Yep, you nailed it. War is good for the economy and what is good for the economy is good for the country. Therefore, war is good for the country. That is the logic used by politicians to justify their idiotic behavior.

The problem with your logic, Yarin, is that you exclude all others from any blame and lay it all on the US. I hate to tell you comrade, but ALL countries engaged in war are to blame. Blood is on all their hands.

The need for war is due to a failure to overcome social differences by peaceful means.

The only way to stop a war is to quit killing people. Period.


"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
Topic: Total Insanity
Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 8:26:38 PM

You are probably right. I wasn't there to personally test the victims. From the video footage shown, it is quite possible that all those people just had too much to drink and were suffering from a hangover, or got into some bad vodka. Maybe they were enjoying themselves at the beach and gulped too much salt water and got some in their eyes. Perhaps, the kids were huffing bath salts to get high.

The point is, who gives a damn? People are dying. The missile strike killed people, too. Bunker bombs kill people and destroy evidences of civilization. War is not good for people and other living things. Political leaders who think they can kill for peace are insane. War is insane. Suicide bombers are insane. Regardless of the weapon used, they kill. Killing people is insane. Refugees attempting to escape the madness die. Some of them do not survive the journey.

We used to say "Killing for peace is like fucking for virginity."

Yarin, you did your duty to troll the internet and support Putin's bullsh*it. I hope you are paid well, comrade.



"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
Topic: Decline of American Men
Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 2:03:36 PM

Let's not forget to pray for paid internet trolls who spread their misery like manure on a hay field. May they not lose their livelihood, too, as they are not eligible for unemployment insurance and won't be counted.

"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
Topic: Total Insanity
Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 2:00:58 PM
The Trump and the Millionaires Club (the US Congress)have reached the pinnacle of insanity with the recent bombing of a Syrian airbase in retaliation for Assad's use of a chemical weapon on civilians.

First of all, it appears to be OK for the US and Russia to drop bunker bombs on kids in Syria, but not chemicals. It is better to kill them quickly and for most of them to avoid a slow agonizing death. After all, we must maintain the dignity of killing kids in a humane manner.

Secondly, we must get rid of Assad. He is the problem. He is a brutal dictator intent on killing anyone who opposes his regime. We cannot allow him to continue. No matter what. No country should be ruled by a leader who lies, directs a unilateral military response to any opposition to his ideals, and does not listen to advisors who says what he doesn't want to hear. Can't have that.

Thirdly, we must stop ISIS and the rebels who oppose Assad. The caliphate must be squelched and we must protect our Christian god, insofar as possible. The Jews are OK, too, but not the Muslims. After all, we have God on our side.

Fourth, Under the Trump regime, Russia is now our enemy/friend. They are our foe/ally. ISIS is our enemy/friend that we support by bombing the Assad military targets when we aren't shooting at them. Iran is our enemy that we support in the same way.

Fifth, we must get rid of all those old Tomahawk missiles and buy some new ones. The old ones cost $1 million each and don't have all the bells and whistles that the new ones do. Raytheon sells the new ones for $1.5 million each. Dropping 59 old ones cost over $60 million and did not even interrupt use of the airstrip. The new ones will do a much better job of blowing up some concrete.

Folks, this is pure insanity. I have the ONLY correct solution for ending the war in Syria, or anyplace else, for that matter. My plan is for people to put down the weapons and quit killing each other. I challenge anyone to provide a better way. Meanwhile, go buy stock in Raytheon. The munitions suppliers are making a killing in the market, as well as on land.


"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey

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