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20161202 20:09 Pappy Oh, that's better.
20161202 12:18 Skidmark It ended up being a garnish for wild rice Pappy.
20161202 09:08 Pappy So you ended up with pemmican, Skid?
20161201 21:39 badanov Sounds wonderful, Skid.
20161201 20:46 Skidmark I'm smoking some now Bad.
Tried making some jalapena/lime jerky back when it was hot. Kinda self-reduced to mush.
20161201 20:09 Pappy ..to which one replies "where's the graft power in that?"
20161201 20:06 Pappy wretchard:

Obamacare is dead. Long live ... what? One of the possible replacements could be the Health Care Compact if only because the list of those who supported H.J.Res.50 reads like a Who's Who in the incoming administration. The program that Mother Jones once derided as "a longshot" and pipe-dream of a delusional Tea Party has now come within measurable distance of becoming a serious contender to replace Obamacare.

According to the Congressional record the HCC would give "primary responsibility for regulation of health care to the state. Federal and state laws remain in effect in a member state until suspended by the state. A member state is responsible for federal funding obligations that remain in effect in the state. Each year, a member state is entitled to federal funds equal to the total federal spending on health care in the state during FY2010, adjusted for inflation and population." It turns federal funds into what amounts to a block grant, leaving states free to create, cooperate and compete. That would ironically make it an ideal vehicle for states like Vermont or California, whose voters are largely opposed to the Trump administration, to roll their own health care and effort in which other like-minded liberal states can join them.

The general tenor of an Obamacare replacement plans emphasize giving consumers money to pick and choose policies instead of forcing them to consume Federally prescribed products. Ideally it would be an ideal vehicle for liberals to do healthcare themselves, an option clearly preferable to accepting the imposition of any centrally prescribed Obamacare replacement now that the presidency is not in their control.
20161201 16:30 badanov Just making my catfish meat last and to good effect.
20161201 16:21 Shipman Flounder chowder sounds might good. Around here we gig 'em, stuff 'em and deep fat fry 'em. Fancy types may broil.
20161201 14:28 Skidmark Small arms fashion work wear
20161130 20:22 Pappy I love New England clam chowder, but per serving, catfish soup is cheaper.

Admittedly it was easier and cheaper getting clams in New England, what with being an hour (or less) drive from the coast. Flounder was also an alternative.
20161130 20:18 Pappy Oh, yes. Back home, I was often asked by women of a certain age-group if I was "P---'s son." That was usually accompanied by a faint gleam in the eye and a certain wistfulness when they said my uncle's name.
20161130 18:44 trailing wife and cutting a wide swath through the desirable portion of the female population within a 100km radius

That sounds precisely like my darling mother-in-law's widower father after he retired to Florida. I didn't realize it was a national characteristic, Pappy.
20161130 16:07 badanov I love New England clam chowder, but per serving, catfish soup is cheaper.
20161130 08:28 Pappy I prefer pea soup or chowdah myself. Must be the New Englander background... or the Canadian Froggie genetic part. Nah, can't be the latter...otherwise I'd be inebriated most of the time and cutting a wide swath through the desirable portion of the female population within a 100km radius....

Heh... kilometer. More Canadian Froggie.

Need coffee.
20161130 07:40 Shipman Ah yes, not just for breakfast anymore.
20161130 00:09 badanov First full cold week in OK coming up. About time for some catfish broccoli potato soup.
20161129 21:28 Pappy Way I figure it is that the Cubans will go the Gorbachev route long enough for one of the Castro brood to be old enough to get their hand on the whip.

Maybe get a degree at the "Kim Il-Sung School of Leadership and Juche Screen Door Manufacturing" during the interim.
20161129 21:00 Shipman Go long on toilet seats and beef.
20161129 17:52 Deacon Blues Glenmore, I have that same problem. For some reason the text before and after what I want to hilite moves to the front and end of the whole article. It usually takes me a couple of tries.
20161128 21:01 Pappy Adios a Fidel

11/26/2016 Jacques Delacroix

It was so romantic when those truckfuls of young men with beards took over the cesspool of Havana on New Year’s Eve (a scene immortalized in The Godfather Two). They were bringing freedom and relief from poverty to the beleaguered people of Cuba who had suffered under American imperialism for more than sixty years.

When his main acolyte was through shooting a few hundred political opponents – which took weeks – the business of revolutionary construction began in earnest. Soon, the Revolution had to face an invasion from disgruntled sons of the exiled Cuban upper-class. The invasion was roundly betrayed by the fabled Pres. John F. Kennedy. After that, the Revolution found extravagant financial support from the Soviet Union, a poor country itself but a large one.

Later, the leader of the Cuban Revolution tried to get the US nuked by his big Russian brother. That cool leader must have had his reasons, I am sure.

The stubbornness of opponents (“worms”) was so great that the Revolution was forced to jail a few thousand of them, including poets (along with thousands of men whose crime was homosexuality). Other obdurate traitors to the Revolution left Cuba on balsa rafts and on rafts made with old barrels. Many drowned at sea. Their choice! After a while, one Cuban in five was living abroad, away from the workers’ paradise.

The Revolution triumphed in the fields of education and public health. Nowadays, Cubans’ level of literacy is a high as that of other Latin American countries. Although it’s not really free, the Cuban public health service is pretty good, what with its separate public-public sector and its sector for Communist Party members only, the two equal to each other, of course.

When the first leader became too old, somehow, the best revolutionary found to succeed him was his little brother, as happened in other people’s democracies such as North Korea.

In the meantime, there had been several military adventures, all in tropical countries where even ordinary Cuban privates could afford bananas for once. That they did not win anywhere was not their fault. One prominent general even had to be shot by the leadership because he was dealing drugs. His trial lasted a whole week.

Today, after fifty years, progress is so great that ordinary Cubans easily earn forty or fifty dollars a month. Many earn three times more by renting their bedroom to foreign visitors. Take university professors and medical doctors. They can always make much more than fifty a month by driving a taxi. And meat is now available six days a month instead of the customary four. You can’t argue with this!

As Westerners, we must be especially grateful that the Cuban Revolution has made the island into one of the best destinations for sex tourism in the world.

Yes, Fidel was really, really cool and we will all miss him. He was our youth. He embarked on a great experiment in human happiness. That it failed is not his fault at all. Nobody is perfect. At least, his long life of power and influence has had the great merit of showing what happens to Communist take-overs in the long run, when no external factor puts a precocious end to them.

PS To this day, many Cubans and an embarrassing number of western leftists believe that the Cubans’ poverty is mainly due to the US BLOCKADE of the island. Well folks, there was a blockade, in the early sixties. It lasted two weeks (fourteen or fifteen days). Since then, there has been an American economic embargo on Cuba. It means that Americans cannot buy from or sell most items to Cuban economic actors. Cubans could always buy anything from and sell anything to anyone else in the whole wide world, including our Canadian cousins who have everything we have. We are talking here of a fifty year-old grand lie. You had to be cool, like Fidel and his little brother to pull it off!
20161128 17:33 Glenmore in Mt Vernon Deacon, different Constitutional 'scholars' have seen it both ways - that election requires a majority of those present, or a majority of the whole 539. If the latter, and the challenges held out those electors, then all sorts of weirdness could happen, depending on interpretation. AFAICT none of the weirdnesses put Clinton or any other non-Republican as either POTUS or VP, but it might not be Trump and/or Pence. And if that happened, expect a fully and permanently dysfunctional Republican Party - which may be the actual goal.
20161128 17:27 Glenmore in Mt Vernon When I posted the Ohio State stabbing article I tried to insert my comments and highlight using the 'highlight' tool - for some reason when I swiped the comment and then clicked the 'highlight' icon it insisted on highlighting the whole article, not just my swiped comment.
Is this me or a bug?
20161128 16:30 badanov Over Thanksgiving week I watched one of the "real housewives" shows for the first time, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Dunno why it's called that. None of the wimmin featured on the show so much as broke a fingernail doing housework.
20161128 14:52 Deacon Blues According to the Constitution even if the Democrats tie up Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania until after December 19 Donald Trump will still be elected President with 260 votes to Clinton's 232. A candidate has to only win a majority of votes cast. It seems like an excersise in futility to me.
20161128 09:25 Skidmark Clearly we need to be posting more Central Asia content.
20161128 08:48 Deacon Blues WAPO published a list of Russian propaganda sites. Drudge, Wikileaks, Zero hedge are among them. Rantburg was not.