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20200522 22:35 swksvolFF Bottle of Horse Soldier on the table.

Watched 12 Strong; alright, sure leans heavy on the book; leaves off the end event.
20200522 20:49 Dave D. I don't see how this crap can last more than another week or two; people are cutting loose left and right and there are more and more articles and opinion pieces proclaiming "Enough is enough!"

Here's an idea for one of those "Hitler finds out..." video spoofs: when Gretchen Whitmer finds out that Michiganers are completely ignoring her lockdown orders. I can just imagine her pounding the table and shrieking, "DAS WAR EIN BEFEHL!!! EIN BEFEHL!!!!!"
20200522 19:11 Alaska Paul SCIFI--That is because you do not have enough acreage. I get nervous when I have less than two acres,
20200522 14:53 SCFI And yes I have too much time on my hands, I'm suffering from a severe case of cabin fever.

20200522 14:51 SCFI It just realized me that this is the first time that banks are welcoming people wearing masks through their doors.

20200522 13:10 swksvolFF You mean, ¿ɹǝʌO d∩
20200522 12:38 SCFI Do people in Australia call the rest of the world "up over"?

20200522 01:25 trailing wife It should be a fun election, Frank G.

The rest of you are very, very silly. :-D
20200521 21:23 Frank G Klobuchar? That comb-salad-eating vicious side-mouth-talking B&tch? Really?
20200521 08:03 Skidmark Wait 'til they catch the teacher having sex with the principal.
20200521 07:12 SCFI Home schooling rough patch today. Two students suspended for fighting and one teacher fired for drinking on the Job!

The next day one of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.

My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year!" I'm offended!!

20200519 18:37 Dave D. GROAN...
20200519 08:54 Deacon Blues I told my suitcases there would be no vacation this year. Now I have to deal with emotional baggage.
20200517 07:09 Deacon Blues Bravo! SCFI
20200517 03:15 trailing wife You should be really, really ashamed of that one, Seeking Cure.
20200516 18:08 SCFI I took the Chicago Gangster tour a couple years back.

They drove us past a lot of notorious sites with narration by costumed and in character guides.

I remember in particular the Cement Plant.. it was said to rehabilitate many former gangsters.. they went there and came out pillars of the Community.

20200514 21:26 trailing wife I remember that stage, Jan. Submitted articles go into a metaphorical hopper, there to be sorted through for suitability, polished if needed, commented on, and finally queued up for publication at midnight. Eastern time midnight, that is.
20200514 20:45 Jan Thx Frank & TW. I posted again thinking it didn't 'take'. Sorry
20200514 17:21 trailing wife Jan, you made four submissions — the same story from the Washington Examiner and the Daily Caller. I pared down to one, highlighted your comment, added key text from the article so our readers would have the key information and in future it would show up in searches, and set it for tomorrow.

Given all that, I would naturally have set it for tomorrow. Separately, except for active terror actions and really important political occurrences, anything posted after 2 p.m. ET os supposed to be set for the next day. This gives our readers the full day to ponder the implications. ;-)

You have your feet firmly on the learning curve, my dear — please keep climbing!
20200514 16:44 Frank G Jan - may have rolled into tomorrow, depending on time of posting
20200514 16:43 Frank G Democrats Decline to Put ‘Whistleblower’ Dr. Rick Bright Under Oath

Now why would that be?
20200514 15:42 Jan I also tried posting as my own article instead of posting a link. No big deal, it certainly doesn't need all of this attn. Major fail w/learning curve for me
20200514 15:00 Jan I attempted to post an article of Dr Bright's testimony with emphasis of him having the same lawyer Blasey Ford had. I smell a Rat! I'm sorry I still fumble w/posting
20200514 13:43 swksvolFF Interesting.

Not adverse to chili on pasta, we do a chili-mac. Heck, regionally people put chili on cinnamon rolls.

Vinegar..cloves...cinnamon..cocoa...its the cumin I wince but that is me and an unfortunate episode of the misses going on a month-long cumin infatuation. Yeah, I'll give it a shot.
20200514 07:22 Deacon Blues Thank you, tw. I will try this recipe.
20200513 19:07 trailing wife I finally got around to reading yesterday's Burg, swksvolFF, and see that you also wanted the recipe for Cincinnati Chili. While I have the Cooks Illustrated recipe saved, this version was developed by a local.
20200513 19:00 Frank G Aprons only. Pics available upon request. No weirdos, please
20200513 11:24 Skidmark we’re making a tarted up version

So y'all'll just be wearing aprons then?
20200513 10:45 swksvolFF S'cool, don't stop by often and that did blend in.

Strangely, wife must have had a dream last night; woke up this morning with the can opener humming, chili on the mind.

Been playing around with a Tinga sauce; can't help but think I can make a version for bison.
20200513 07:11 Skidmark Sorry KS, I purged your remark as I was blasting spam.

"Wow TW, that reads fantastic!

For May weather, it is chili type weather; if I hadn't already made my bachelor's bolognese, daughter would be on-prep right now. Don't mind if I file that away?"
20200512 13:36 trailing wife Today we’re making a tarted up version of my darling mother-in-law’s chili recipe. Mr. Wife happily chops vegetables for me and cleans the kitchen to induce me to cook it.

Huguette Sawicki's Chili con Carne
This recipe tastes even better reheated the next day, and can be frozen up to 6 months.
Makes about fourteen 2 cup (320g) servings.
Using the beef fat left over from browning the meat to saute the vegetables deepens the beefy flavor.
Prep time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours to overnight

vegetable or olive oil
3 pounds ground beef chuck
2 medium onions (1 lb.), diced
4-5 stalks celery, diced as a q
4 bell peppers, seeded and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 15 oz. can of light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 15 oz. cans of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup red wine
3 10 oz cans of condensed tomato soup
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 Tbsp. oregano
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. paprika
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp epazote, (a Mexican herb that reduces gassiness when eating beans)
1 tsp cumin, ground
1 tsp peppercorns, crushed
5 dried birds eye chilis, crushed

Frank's Red Hot Louisiana Cayenne Pepper Sauce, to taste
Tabasco sauce, to taste
4 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, minced
¼ tsp each beef and chicken soup base (or ½ bouillon cube or 4 oz. soup broth each)

3 Tbsp masa harina flour
6 Tbsp cold water

If cooking in oven, preheat to 225-250F.

Heat over medium-high heat 1 Tbsp oil in a 10” frying pans. Brown the ground beef, stirring to break up, then remove the meat with a large, slotted spoon to a crockpot or a 6-8 quart Dutch oven next to the stove. Pour off beef fat into a bowl, returning 1 Tbsp to pan, then add the onion to pan, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and saute, stirring occasionally, until separated and softened. Add garlic to onions, then stir for 30 seconds to cook off raw flavour. Scrape over the ground beef in Dutch oven, then add 1 Tbsp of beef fat to pan, the celery, and a pinch of salt, and saute until deeper green and softened. Scrape into pot, then repeat with the bell peppers. Add the drained and rinsed kidney beans to the Dutch oven.

Pour ½ cup of wine into pan to deglaze, scraping up the browned bits as the alcohol boils off. Add tomato soup, and as it heats, stir in spices and flavorants, letting the heat bloom the flavors. Bring to a simmer, then add to Dutch oven. Fill soup cans with water, pour into pan and bring to a boil, once again scraping up the cooked on bits. Pour into Dutch oven. Cook chili in Dutch oven on stove over medium-low heat or put into preheated oven or turn on crockpot.

Simmer chili at least 2 hours on the stove or as long as overnight in a crockpot or oven, allowing the meat to absorb the flavors. (It should still be quite saucy.) If desired, when removed from heat make a slurry of the masa harina flour in cold water, then stir into chili to thicken it.

Serve with a nice sliced rye bread to dip up sauce, with or without butter, and if you'd like topped with grated cheddar cheese and/or sour cream or plain Greek yoghurt. Offer a hot pepper sauce for those who prefer it hotter.

This is nice with a good strong Beaujolais Nouveau or Chianti, or beer.

Homemade Chili Powder
Toast together in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, let cool, then grind to a powder:

5 Tbsp ground mild chili peppers, eg. ancho chilis
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1 ½ Tbsp cumin
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
20200512 10:53 3dc Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tests positive for coronavirus
20200511 16:33 3dc Side effect of covid phone app
20200511 08:46 Skidmark Sorry Deacon, I don't get the pun.
20200510 19:05 Deacon Blues In general, the number zero did not have its own Roman numeral, but the concept of zero as a number was known by medieval computists (responsible for calculating the date of Easter). They included zero (via the Latin word nullus meaning none) as one of nineteen epacts, or the age of the moon on March 22. The first three epacts were nullae, xi, and xxii (written in minuscule or lower case). The first known computist to use zero was Dionysius Exiguus in 525. Only one instance of a Roman numeral for zero is known. About 725, Bede or one of his colleagues used the letter N, the initial of nullae, in a table of epacts, all written in Roman numerals.
20200510 03:24 SCFI Powerball is up to an 18 pack of toilet tissue..

20200510 00:14 SCFI If I have to explain the joke...

20200509 11:02 3dc
20200509 05:46 3dc The Roman's never had the concept of zero. It came from India.
20200509 04:20 SCFI How do you write zero in Roman numerals?

20200509 03:22 Deacon Blues My neighbor woke me up at 3 am. Thank goodness I was already up playing my bagpipes
20200508 14:46 SCFI Visual: Roll of duct tape on the TP dispenser.
Caption: Turns out duct isn't the answer to every problem..

20200507 20:42 Skidmark That's gross.
20200507 08:32 Deacon Blues I don't think I'm going to get the bank loan I applied for. The loan officer asked me what was my net worth and I said I don't have a net.
20200507 08:17 Deacon Blues I want to go to Mars.
20200505 22:00 3dc Just this second a successful test of the Starship 2nd stage static fire.
20200505 13:53 Alaska Paul Deacon---That sounds like a Stephen Wright line. Hilarious.
20200504 18:47 Deacon Blues Last night I dreamed I was a muffler. I woke up exhausted
20200504 17:24 Alaska Paul And a fifth on the Firth of Forth is best (in the summer)
20200504 13:12 Deacon Blues It's better to come forth on the fourth with a fifth than to just come forth on the fifth.
20200503 17:31 Deacon Blues I know the feeling Frank.
20200503 11:28 Frank G Casa Dragones - I got a bottle at my retirement party along with Don Julio 1942. I wish I could afford to drink either more often
20200502 20:41 Dave D. Ayup! None better!
20200502 19:02 Deacon Blues Del Patron, the cognac of tequilas.
20200502 15:04 3dc A brit trying to understand tupperware parties came up with this:
I have no idea of the origin of the word 'Tupperware', but let's philosophise for a minute. Let's say it is a combination of Tupper and Ware. Sheep tupp, they have a tupping season. So, Tupper means F....r. Ware is the Old English form of the modern 'Beware'. So Tupperware means 'Beware of F...ers'. Sounds like good advice to me.
20200502 13:58 Dave D. Deacon would no doubt approve of Padma's chosen teqila brand:

20200501 19:35 Frank G OK, let me throw this out there" By hitting Slow Joe up now with this, every Dem has to rush to his defense. That freezes him as the nominee unless he Howard Beale's on live TV?
20200501 18:36 Dron Your feedback was very uplifting. Nobody else I know liked it. I'm surrounded by needlessly serious people, avoiding the world's end by keeping busy.

Skidmark, the Dervishing Devil kept me giggling for 5 minutes while I was typing.
Thank you, TW. An achievement for me, then. [bows]
Deacon Blues, this is high praise for me.
Yupp, Frank. I think I've fhtagned the fhtagn out of it. It's full of this nonsense.☺

I'm writing a trickier one about Schrodinger's wave collapse and something from outer space that just doesn't make sense. Long ones take me time, because I can't do it in one sitting... and the job won't pad itself.
20200501 17:20 Frank G Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!
20200501 16:32 Deacon Blues I'm very interested Dron.
20200501 14:38 trailing wife The link works, Dron. I don’t like Lovecraftian horror in general, and early Orson Scott Card stories distressed me, but perhaps my recent reading of Larry Correia has hardened me — yours worked for me. I saw hints of Arthur C. Clark’s “The Nine Billion Names of God” and John Varley’s “Press Enter” in the final sentence.

20200501 14:33 Skidmark It had begun as the admissible eccentricities of a celebrity academic at first, progressed into a kind of mania, and resulted in behaviour that had led to State intervention.

Love craft.
20200501 12:28 Dron Do let me know if the link doesn't work.
20200501 12:27 Dron Deacon, Skidmark, I hope you like it. I know it's silly but the Medium place just begs to be used, and when the story strikes, you've got to write it.
20200501 12:02 Glenmore This was one my Dad was on (George Ade) - though he was in the Dec 1944 replacement crew.
20200501 11:57 Glenmore So, my recollection on the welds was mostly good; operative principle was they would be good enough for at least one trip, and at that time that was what mattered.
20200501 11:42 Alaska Paul Glenmore—IIRC, the problem with early Liberty ships was with weld embrittlement. When the ships hit cold water, cracks developed.

“ Many early Liberty ships were affected by deck and hull cracks and indeed several were lost. About 1,200 ships suffered from cracks during the war (about 30% of all Liberty-class ships), and 3 were lost when the ship suddenly split in two. Though the work force was largely untrained in the method of welding ships together, it was not worker error that caused these failures. Rather, the failures were caused by a design oversight.

The cause of the failures was discovered by Constance Tipper, an engineering professor at Cambridge. She found that the grade of steel used to make Liberty ships suffered from embrittlement, in which materials become brittle. Ships operating in the North Atlantic were often exposed to temperatures below a critical temperature, which changed the failure mechanism from ductile to brittle. Because the hulls were welded together, the cracks could propagate across very large distances; this would not have been possible in riveted ships.

A crack stress concentrator contributed to many of the failures. Many of the cracks were nucleated at an edge where a weld was positioned next to a hatch; the edge of the crack and the weld itself both acted as crack concentrators. Also contributing to failures was heavy overloading of the ships, which increased the stress on the hull. Engineers applied several reinforcements to the ship hulls to arrest crack propagation and initiation problems.”
20200501 11:40 Skidmark In quarantine, have returned to EA Poe.
20200501 10:31 Deacon Blues Dron, I read Lovecraft.
20200501 10:31 Deacon Blues At my age my actions creak louder than words.
20200501 08:20 Deacon Blues A belly dancer instructor has opened a shop here. His name is Sheik Yerbouti
20200501 01:06 Dron Anybody like Lovecraft ? Or horror sci-fi ? I recently re-discovered the joy of writing stupid stories. I found this 'Medium' thingy where one can indulge their inner fabulist.

Here's a link to my top secret alter ego, a crazy writer called Bhoot Bahadur. And here's a free short story for you, for the quarantine-angst.

The Interstices
20200430 23:15 Thing From Snowy Mountain Glenmore, my Grandfather was a shipbuilder who built liberty ships in WW2. He also worked for the Panama Canal Company building ships before and after the war.
20200430 20:19 Glenmore When I say 'recall' I don't mean I was alive then, but my grandfathers were shipbuilders and my father drove those Liberty ships across the Atlantic.
20200430 20:18 Glenmore APaul, I recall a lot of skepticism with the Liberty Ship concept in WWII- how many wave flexes before the welds broke and the ship sank... guesses were at least one trip, so go for it. Not sure any ever sunk from weld flexing.
20200430 19:36 Alaska Paul Took M'Lady to the orthopedic doctor for a final x-ray of her broken leg for workman's comp after her accident in September. When we got there, we were masked and gloved up. The admissions people asked us questions and took our forehead temps. Went to the office then and everything was set up for sanitation and we moved right on through. X-ray good so we are all good.

TW--that ship is like the Empire state building on its side. It behaves like a beam, so there is tension and compression in the plates making up the hull. Even if the members are well within their safety limits they have a certain amount of strain (tension or compression. That will cause stretching or compressing of the members.

For example, a 1200 ft long steel beam in tension at 10,000 pounds per square inch will stretch 0.4 ft or 4.8 inches in 1200 feet. Equal compression forces on the top will combine with the tension forces on the bottom to bow the ship. Very disconcerting on a large ship. Remember that going through the waves produces continuous changes on the forces on the hull so the shape is constantly visually changing. However ship designers see this as a result of their design. If you wanted to get rid of this, you would need much more steel, and you are not gaining much.
20200430 17:41 Skidmark However this turns out I think this is a credible testimate to the powerful will of the American people.
20200430 17:38 Skidmark Coming away from it I realized that this nation of 100 million souls was mobilized into action in pretty much less that 3 months. Not just to protect themselves but also those around them, even the whiners.
20200430 17:37 trailing wife There is less stress on smaller vessels, I imagine, those whose length is shorter than the typical length of an ocean wave from peak to peak.
20200430 17:33 Skidmark I went into town today. @50 miles RT.
Everyone but the amigos were wearing their masks. I got temp swabbed before they would let me into the clinic. Everyone was keeping their distance at the grocery and following the oneway aisle rules. Critical businesses were better ordered than before.
20200429 21:50 Alaska Paul Stress and the effect on a large container vessel in the Indian Ocean during a severe storm.
20200429 18:11 Deacon Blues Chicken pot pie. Three of my favorite things.
20200428 19:24 Skidmark For a certain type of mind...

I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy.

-Oscar Levant-
20200428 16:39 Alaska Paul Xi has exposed nostrils on his mask.
20200428 14:49 3dc Now in the pic gallery the "covid pair"

20200428 09:47 Deacon Blues Good ones, Dron!
20200428 01:14 trailing wife *giggle*
20200426 20:30 Dron They say I violate human rights. They haven't seen the lefts yet.
20200426 20:28 Dron Beheading is really very progressive. It's way ahead of the other methods.
20200426 20:23 Dron My work is in interrogations mainly, so we have a lot of 'torture' and 'psychology' jokes. Example: Sign seen on a shrink clinic - Therapy Can Help Torture Victims
20200426 09:42 Visitor Didn't Kathy Kinsley used to comment here from time to time? FYI, she passed away on the 24th, for whomever is interested.
20200426 00:48 SCFI From a friend: First, we hear alcohol may prevent the virus... now research suggests the opposite. Then we’re told heat and humidity has no effect, but wait... direct sunlight might quickly kill the virus. So, if you come across some ole Lady, sitting in the front yard, intoxicated and naked, leave me alone... I’m conducting important medical research.

20200425 21:39 Frank G 95 degrees today, after 96 yesterday. We'll see how the heat/humidity (70% +) works
20200425 12:31 Deacon Blues There was a man named Benny who found a lamp on the beach. He rubbed it and a Genie appeared. The Genie said I will grant you 3 wishes but you must never shave again. If you do I will turn you into an urn. Benny thought that was a good deal so he agreed. After 20 years Benny could no longer stand having a beard that dragged the ground so he shaved. The Genie appeared and POOF, turned Benny into an urn. The moral of the story is "A Benny shaved is Benny urned."
20200425 11:31 Alaska Paul Heh. Deacon's got a million of 'em!
/channeling Jimmy Durante
20200425 08:07 Deacon Blues What do spies say about flowers? Mum's the word.
20200425 06:03 Deacon Blues A woodcutter went into the forrest and picked out a tree to cut. As he started to swing his ax the tree cried out, "Wait. I'm a talking tree". The woodcutter said, "And you will dialogue".