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What might be fun, USWNT edition

You know how our ersatz president enjoys feting championship sports teams: with a meal of cold dollar-menu fast food.

I say we should convince the women who just won the World Cup to gather for a group portrait with burgers, fries and shakes at a McDonalds in their area. Be sure the trophy is in the picture. Then caption the thing “We’re Good, Mr. President,” add scanned autographs, and buy a billboard along the route from the Palm Beach Airport to Mar-a-Lago to display it on.

Help me out with my history here...

We’re the Revolutionary War Air Raids before or after the Bowling Green Massacre?

My medium format camera is dead. Long live the new one.

During the last part of June, I went on my Annual Huge Photo Expedition. This time I did San Francisco with my Mamiya RB67.

Sadly for me, when I was putting a new roll of film in it on Saturday, one of the legs on my tripod (not my Tiltall, a smaller 'pod I bought because the plan was to shoot on Alcatraz where the Mother of All Tripods cannot go) collapsed and the camera went straight down a set of concrete steps.

It lasted the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday before the light baffle stopped rising when the shutter button is pressed. (Fortunately for me, it completely quit working with only two frames left on the day.)

Bad news: the body is completely fucked and the mounting clip for the CdS metering prism won't hold the prism to the body.

Good news: except for the mounting clip (which can be replaced) the prism is in fine shape. The three lenses I have are all fine, as are two of the three magazines. The third magazine needs a cleaning, but it can be returned to full operating condition.

Best news: I was able to find a Pentax 645n and 55-110mm lens for a good price, and bought that. I'll be selling all the RB gear to KEH next week. I'm looking forward to the matrix meter it has (sorry purists, I freakin' LOVE matrix metering and the only medium format camera I've found that has it is a Pentax), lighter weight and 30 extra pictures per five-roll box of film.

I have procured my Independence Day feast

I believe I heard it on the tee-and-vee that Our Great President, the greatest and hardest-working president in the history of presidents, wants everyone to dine on Mexican food this Independence Day. So, I bought taco ingredients and Spanish Rice mix and I'll start cooking it in about an hour.

And believe you me, you should have seen the dirty looks from the people in Trump hats and/or flag-theme t-shirts as I pushed a cart full of Mexican food ingredients to the register.

Revealed: Trump's Thursday speech

(The scene: Trump ascends to the podium wearing an unseasonably warm trench coat that’s eight sizes too large for anyone. Leading him up the stairs are a group of Proud Boys leading pit bulls. He raises his hands and forms them into the shape of a T, then begins to sing...)

So ya
Thought ya
Might like to go to the show
To feel that warm thrill of confusion
That space cadet glow
Well, I’ve got some bad news for you, Sunshine
Trump isn’t well. He stayed back at the hotel.
And they sent us along as a surrogate band
And now we’ll find out where you fans really stand!

Are there any Mexicans in the theater tonight?
Get ‘em up against the wall! (Against - the - wall!)
There’s one in the spotlight, he don’t look right to me
Put him up against the wall! (against - the - wall)
That one looks liberal. And there’s one from Fake News!
Get rid of him before I blow a fuse!
There’s one smoking a joint, and that one’s got spots
If I had my way I’d have all of you shot!

Iran attack abort: What the holy hell?

According to the Boston Globe, Trump called off the Iran strike 10 minutes before it happened because he was told about 150 people would die, and he didn't think an "unmanned drone" was worth killing people.

The shocking thing here is that Donald Fucking Trump, the Electoral College's pick for president in 2016, apparently didn't know "military action" would actually kill anyone.

I smell Putin here, folks. The United States is weaker today because we have the president we do, and has been neutered by that ugly, foot-too-long-waistcoat scumbag announcing to the world he just rattles sabers.

Every Democratic candidate is a single-issue candidate

The issue is "Donald Trump is an existential threat to the world. His presidency needs to end."

I have eaten all four of the McDonald's "Worldwide Favorites"

McDonald's summer promotion this year is bringing food items that are popular in other countries to America. They are offering "for a limited time only":

The Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger, from Spain
The Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich, from Canada
Cheesy Bacon Fries, from Australia
Stroopwafel McFlurry, from the Netherlands

They're all pretty good. Let's delve a little further in.

Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger: The pride of Espana, this is a Quarter Pounder (your choice of single or double patty) with two slices of gouda cheese (on the single burger the cheese is on both sides of the patty; on the double, there's one on top of the patty stack and one between the two meat slabs), a few slices of McDonald's-standard bacon, and "McBacon" sauce. This glop is mostly mayo with something in there to turn it slightly orange, and a little bit of bacon in there just for GP. If you like the Quarter Pounder you'll like this fine; the bacon and sauce mingle with the nonstandard cheese to create a tasty burger. Given that, I won't pine for this when it departs the menu.

Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich: This is seriously good. You get your choice of crispy (which I got) or grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, a slice of tomato, lettuce, and a sauce which is basically ketchup and mayo with added spices. The boys in Atlanta who run Chick-fil-A should be sweating a little right now; this is a hell of a lot better sandwich than they serve, and you can eat it on Sunday at least for now. If they put bacon on this, it would be even better. Maybe there's a way to have them add it; not sure because the Mickey D's menu is pretty much carved in stone.

Cheesy Bacon Fries: Imagine taking an order of McDonald's fries, slapping a scoop of warmed-up Cheez Wiz on top, and sprinkling bacon bits on top of that. Then go to McDonald's because that's exactly what's in the box of Cheesy Bacon Fries. The way they come from the kitchen they're a little overwhelming, but there's a cure for that: Buy an order of regular fries at the same time. When they come to you, dump the order of regular fries into the box of Cheesy Bacon Fries and shake the living fuck out of the box to more evenly distribute the cheese. Then they'll be excellent.

Stroopwafel McFlurry: The stroopwafel is Holland's answer to biscotti. It is a Dutch delicacy consisting of two thin waffle cookies glued together with caramel. The official way to eat them is to lay them on top of a cup of hot beverage until the caramel softens. They are really good. The process for making the stroopwafel McFlurry is to take a case of stroopwafels outside, throw it off the roof of the building about ten times, then stir some of the shrapnel into soft-serve ice cream. There is absolutely no way anyone could fuck this up. It tastes a lot like a caramel sundae with cookie crumbs sprinkled on it. If you like caramel sundaes, you'll love this.

Ranking the four:
The best one is, of course, the Stroopwafel McFlurry. Unfortunately, it's a dessert.

The best entree is the Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich. I don't think the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger is quite as good, but other reviewers seem to prefer it to the chicken sandwich. You can't really go wrong either way.

The Cheesy Bacon Fries? This is not CBF's first rodeo, and the last time they were on the menu people just went totally apeshit for them. (Which is why they're back. Hard to argue with success.) I can eat a few, but there's too much flavor in them for my tastes. You might like them fine.

2 injured in eastern Idaho upholstery shop explosion


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Two people were injured in an explosion at an eastern Idaho upholstery business.

The Post Register reports the explosion happened Sunday at Terry & Sons Upholstery Company in Idaho Falls.

Two people who were inside or near the building were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Their conditions are unknown, and their names were not released.

This shop does vehicle upholstery, and eight cars were in the building at the time of the explosion.

How to understand Republicans, in one easy lesson

REPUBLICANISM is the need to get revenge because...

SOMEWHERE you won't go,
SOMEONE you don't know,
is doing SOMETHING you don't like.
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