Isn’t it time we ended jus soli?

Obama says we should be more like other countries, right? Well … only FIFTEEN PERCENT of the nations in the world grant citizenship just for being born within the borders! It is understandable that the wide open territories of the Americas would have had this rule, but we’re not there any more, are we? No nation in Europe allows jus soli. Why should we?

“Jus soli (Latin: right of the soil) is the right of anyone born in the territory of a state to nationality or citizenship. As an unconditional basis for citizenship, it is the predominant rule in the Americas, but is rare elsewhere. … A study in 2010 found that only 30 of the world’s 194 countries grant citizenship at birth to the children of undocumented foreign residents.”

Teddy Roosevelt on immigration

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“We shall overcome” plus 50 years

This is a powerful video, well worth your time.

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2014_11 24 Honoring Michael Brown's memory

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My first taste of kombucha was ….. WOW!

All of a week ago, I told my fermenty friends that kombucha sounded horrible, which just goes to show you shouldn’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!

I can’t believe fermented tea (even worse, it’s sometimes called “mushroom tea” EWWWWWW) could be SO SCRUMPDILLYICIOUS!! It’s amazing (and it is NOT made with mushrooms).

There’s no tea flavor and the natural fizz is fun on the tongue. Natural fizz is like champagne … tiny bubbles, not the fat ones that artificial carbonation produces. “Booch” not only tasted great to me, but my grumpy gut started to feel better. It has a long ways to go before it’s healthy, but I slept better last night so YAHOO!

Then, weirdness of all weirdnesses, this morning when I went to make my first cup of coffee, it smelled HORRIBLE to me.

Usually, nothing smells as wonderful as that first morning waft of coffee aroma coming out of the can. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have my cuppa first thing, but I was probably vomiting or feverish or something. Anyway, I opted for a delicious breakfast of goat kefir, apple smash and toast. Then, I brought a small glass of booch to my desk. I’m curious to see if I get a caffeine withdrawal headache and/or develop a craving for coffee later on in the day.

D and I have made up two batches of fermenting vegetables and are eager to taste them next week.  I have ordered materials to start brewing kombucha too. At $3.50 a bottle, it’s cheaper (and healthier) than Starbucks, has fewer calories (and is healthier) than soda pop, but home brew will cost pennies, so yeah, I’m going to become one of “those” people.

2014_11 25 My first taste of kombucha

I’m buying my supplies @ Donna’s “Trilogy” DVD is well worth the price. It’s a good introduction to the hows and whys of fermented kefir, kombucha and vegetables. She knows a lot and is very enthusiastic and easy to listen to, but most importantly for me was that she shows from her own kitchen how EASY these foods are to prepare on a regular basis.

Dr. Axe: Is Kombucha Healthy?

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UPDATE: The Gosnell Movie

Andrew Klavan has begun writing the script.

2014_11 24 Klavan has begun script

The transcripts from Gosnell’s trial are an important resource.

Gosnell transcript 34-35

If you have a Facebook account, could you please LIKE their site @ https:/ Lots of LIKEs will help them a lot when it comes time to negotiate for TV and theater distribution of the film.

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Most of you are,I’m sure,fully prepared for the big day Thursday. If you are visiting for the holiday there is little reason for concern. If you are hosting,make your list,check it thrice. It seems every year DW has cooked for the family she gets up that morning and realizes she forgot something. The market was packed yesterday afternoon and will get worse by Wednesday as people rush for last minute staples. Bloodshed over the last bunch of collard greens or the last can of cranberry sauce are a common occurrence. Hint: waiting until Wednesday to buy a frozen turkey to make for Thanksgiving is not a particularly good idea. Marshmallows for the candied yams? Sage for the dressing? Whipped topping for the pie? Your family would readily forgive you if everything isn’t perfect,but a hostess can sometimes be too critical of herself. Plan ahead,enjoy the time with those you love and be thankful it will be another year before you have to go through it again.












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WaPo gives FOUR PINOCCHIOS to WH Immigration Spin

  • At a news briefing on Nov. 19, 2014, White House press secretary Josh Earnest claimed that President George H.W. Bush “expanded the family fairness program to cover more than 1.5 million unauthorized spouses and children. This represented about 40 percent of the undocumented population at the time.”
  • During an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” on Nov. 23, 2014, President Obama claimed, “If you look, every president — Democrat and Republican — over decades has done the same thing. George H.W. Bush — about 40 percent of the undocumented persons, at the time, were provided a similar kind of relief as a consequence of executive action.”

Much of the news media has repeated this “Bush did the same thing!” meme as “fact”, but it turns out that what Bush did fell far short of handing out free passes to 40% of all illegal aliens

2014_11 24 WaPo Lie Checks Obama's claim

The landmark 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act allowed nearly 3 million illegal immigrants to gain legal permanent residency. However, under typical immigrant patterns, families tend to not all arrive all together.

Thus some family members were able to qualify under the 1986 act while other members faced deportation. President Reagan first eased the rules to allow minor children to stay; in 1990, President Bush extended this to cover older children and spouses.

These new rules did not apply to all illegal aliens, but only to those with an adult member who had qualified for legal permanent residency. And they did not make legal residents of those who qualified; it merely allowed them to keep their families together as they moved through the naturalization process legally.

Over the next four years, only about 150,000 people applied for this special status.

Barack Obama’s slavishly uncritical media cannot turn

  • “illegal spouses and children of legal immigrants” into
  • “anybody Obama wants to turn into a new Democrat voter”

nor can they make

  • 150,000 magically equal
  • 1,500,000.


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SNL ‘School House Rocks’ Executive Thug Obama

From SooperMexican:
I’m so old I still remember when comedians said Obama was just so venerable they couldn’t find anything about him to make fun of. How far we’ve come. In this week’s Saturday Night Live, the cold open features a retelling of the Schoolhouse Rock lesson on how a bill becomes a law now that Obama has forced an unconstitutional executive order on immigration!

Watch the VIDEO HERE:


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I’m getting into “ferments” in a big way

I’m so excited to learn about how easy, delicious and HEALTHFUL these foods are! I received my first order for airlocks, lids for the airlocks and solid lids for after fermenting is complete. They fit my canning jars. Ferments oxidize the metal lids that come with the jars, so the plastic is kind of a must have and the foods don’t touch the plastic, so that’s okay too.

The airlock gadget isn’t absolutely necessary. Fermenting creates CO2. You have to relieve the pressure by either opening the lid briefly each day (“burping”) or use an airlock that allows the gas to vent as it is formed. Besides me being an airhead who could easily forget to burp the jar, the airlock prevents mold growth on the surface of the fermenting food.

The mold is harmless and can be scraped off, but ick. The airlock not only eliminates the daily burping that can allow mold spores to contaminate the food, but also inhibits any growth of mold spores that might have snuck in when the jar was filled. When you open the lid, room air goes into the headroom space; with the airlock, the headroom space fills with CO2, which is most inhospitable to mold. It’s that sweet?!

2014_11 23 My first ferment - pickled garlic

I chose pickled garlic for my first ferment, because we both love garlic.  I figured it was the most likely thing we would both like even after it’s been pickled. The recipe claimed the fermenting retained the goodies in the garlic that cooking destroys while softening the flavors so it’s not objectionable to eat raw. That sounded good … maybe it’ll be good as a salad garnish or something.  (The raw, chopped garlic was stinky, but the stuff we put into that jar smelled WONDERFUL!)

Mostly, I just wanted to (A) try fermenting and (B) end up with a jar of chopped garlic in the fridge so I would stop grabbing the powdered cuz I’m too lazy to peel and chop messy, smelly garlic when I’m cooking!  And speaking of messy and smelly … that was us yesterday afternoon. It was fun working side-by-side in the kitchen though. We even talked about something besides politics. ;)  In seven days, the pickled garlic will be ready to eat; I will swap the airlock lid for a solid lid, put the garlic into the fridge and use the airlock to start fermenting something else.  The fermented garlic is supposed to stay good for 9 months or more!

We tried this with mixed results: How To Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds

It kinda, sorta worked, but not really. Our garlic heads were so TIGHT, we had to crowbar the cloves apart. Removing the paper-on-paper skins is a cinch; it crumbles apart.  It’s that last, inner layer of papery skin that wants to stay stuck to the edible part of the clove until death do us part. This was where we found the rattling worked brilliantly. It didn’t remove the inner skins on every single clove, but it did loosen them all so that when we went to slice off the little stem ends, all the remaining skins politely slipped right off.

Kitchen Tip: No matter how much your back and feet hurt, do NOT take a big breath and SIGH in the vicinity of loose clove paper.  You’re welcome.

This is an excellent site for learning about fermenting. I bought my supplies here.

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