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Peanut Butter Porter for happy hour!

WITH peanuts! Nirvana...

This beer is from Back Forty Beer in Alabama. It’s delicious and, at 10.5% ABV, it’s potent!

Look at me, using all these exclamation marks! Who knows what I might type after finishing this lovely dark glassfull?!?!

Love Child!

Trump paid $15k to suppress the story about his love child with an employee, per Cohen testimony.

BBC News: Readers' pictures on the theme of "memory"

The BBC is featuring some interesting reader-submitted photos on its news site. I love this decisive moment picture:

Martin Gargula: "A woman makes a selfie memory, unaware of what is going on around her."

There are several more good ones at the link:

As you may already know, the BBC publishes a new theme for soliciting reader photos every few weeks. I'm looking forward to checking out more of these.

Edible Flower Mandala Salad

Oh, wow -- look what I found on Seed Savers Exchange:

Create This Salad at Home

Start with:

Bed of salad greens: varieties of lettuce, a bit of fresh basil, and arugula, all cut into small pieces.

Top with:
Beets, orange carrots, and yellow carrots, finely grated

Cucumbers, sliced and peeled

Cherry Roma tomatoes (can use any colorful heirloom tomatoes)

Feta cheese, cut into small pieces

Edible flowers: nasturtiums, calendula petals, Siberian catmint, monarda blossoms (lemon mint/bee balm) removed from their stems, and borage are ideal

(Small violas, Johnny Jump-Ups, and mustard blossoms are also suitable for salads.)

-- More at link: https://www.seedsavers.org/recipe-edible-flower-mandala-salad

This would be great for a summer party! This makes me want to plan my whole garden just so I can make this.

When does 'Heidi' start?

Is there anything else interesting on TV tonight?

Let's not forget that Trump has committed many crimes.

He is still extremely vulnerable for multiple felonies and potentially for other treasonous actions. Even if Leopold got Rathered, even if it’s never proven that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress, there’s plenty more to pin on him, and plenty more that is worthy of impeachment.

I know a lot of us are in a Fitzmas mood tonight, but I think there is still plenty to be optimistic about. We need to keep pressuring our Senators, especially those of us “represented” by Republican Senators, to do something about Trump’s many high crimes and misdemeanors. And don’t forget the State of New York charges that will be hung around his flabby orange neck.

Take heart, everyone, and take a deep breath. Have a nice weekend, and let’s focus on honoring Dr. King Monday. The fight resumes next week.

Atlanta Community Food Bank working to feed federal workers' families

The high demand from workers in shutdown puts Atlanta food bank 'in uncharted territory' (CNN, 1/18/2019)

A line of cars stretched across a parking lot beneath a gray sky Friday in Atlanta as employees from the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection and their families waited for groceries from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Antioch Baptist Church North.

"I feel pain," said Robert Timmons, a retired member of the US armed forces who said he's been working for the TSA for 16 years.

"And I feel a little remorseful, because our elected officials, who we trust to take care of business, (are) not taking care of business. And they put the suffering on the people who are working to make sure that the mission that we have is carried out."

Timmons said he's doing OK for now, thanks to his status as retired military. But the partial government shutdown -- now in its 28th day as President Donald Trump and Congress remain at an impasse over a border wall -- is hard on many of his colleagues who struggling without a paycheck.
- more at link

Atlanta-area folks: Please consider donating to or volunteering for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

How are your charitable donations changing this year?

Are you donating less? More? To any new organizations?

I'm adding the Women's Refugee Commission to my list this year, for their work on behalf of migrant families at the U.S. border.

With the higher standard deduction in place for 2018 Federal Income Taxes, I may not end up itemizing deductions, but I still want to make a difference with my dollars, so I'm donating about as much as I have in previous years. Scrambling to get a few more contributions in by Monday.

Beautiful documentary about New York's last great chess shop


Open Culture is an excellent source for information about many wondrous creative people and projects. This piece is especially nice.

Cute story from a Republican and former Trump administration official appointed by Ryan Zinke,

who resigned his post at the Bureau of Indian Affairs last year under an ethical cloud because of his role in a tribal loan to buy a Wall Street brokerage that later went belly up -- a gambit for which Clarkson and his consulting firm collected a $327,500 paycheck.

More on Gavin Clarkson:

Secret and Unaccountable: The Tribal Council at Lower Brule and its Impact on Human Rights

Trump appointee to Bureau of Indian Affairs resigns after Interior’s IG slams the loan program he oversaw

ProPublica: Your $20 million loan went bust? The Trump team will hire you

Report cites 'disturbing' conduct of former Bureau of Indian Affairs official

Q&A: Secretary of State candidate Gavin Clarkson
Q: Do you believe New Mexico’s campaign finance reporting system should be improved? If so, what changes would you propose?

Gavin Clarkson: Albuquerque’s mayoral race is a perfect example of the failure of our campaign finance system. A publicly funded candidate should not be allowed to leverage private donations. “Dark Money” from George Soros has reportedly flowed to my opponent repeatedly, yet the existing system doesn’t force those funds to be reported.
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