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Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Jul 1, 2020, 02:01 PM (0 replies)

Listening to Biden speaking. It's not that difficult to sound presidential, but...

we haven't heard it for so long it feels damn good.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:31 PM (1 replies)

Treason doesn't really cut it-- Trump ignoring Russia's bounties is revolting, but...

may not actually rise to treason.

Historically, treason meant to try to displace the King, or his Lords. The Confederacy could be argued to be treason, but even there it fall short since we don't have a King. I suppose it would work just saying overthrow the government without getting personal. But, even then they weren't overthrowing the government, just getting away from it. And they lost, so fuck 'em.

(Note that the Rosenbergs weren't tried for treason, just espionage. Tokyo Rose, Axis Sally, and Lord Haw Haw, were tried for treason, since they worked for the enemy during war time. Haw Haw was hanged by the Brits, but the American women who took up the other roles were given jail time.)

But, I digress. The crime that fascinates me is the old Admiralty offense of barratry. Nowadays it often means filing frivolous lawsuits (also a Trump habit) or ambulance chasing, but it also means the captain and/or crew attempting to steal the ship from the owners. This was once a bigger problem with crews taking over cargo ships and becoming pirates. That kinda sounds like what Trump & Crew is doing with the Republic.

Charge Trump with taking over the government from the people, its rightful owners, and taking off for a life of international piracy.

Sound right?

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sun Jun 28, 2020, 11:55 AM (1 replies)

Mikey, Mikey, Mikey... I just heard that you said earlier that you had so much concern for our...

rights for free speech and thought that wearing masks makes us all almost un-American.

That First Amendment allows us to refuse vaccinations, masks, scientific education of our children, and all sorts of other things.

WELL, NO IT DOESN'T!

It allows us free thought, but does not allow us to endanger others with those thoughts.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Jun 26, 2020, 10:23 PM (1 replies)

Cat and bear become friends...

Unfortunately, this is one of those hated clickbait things where you have to hit the "Next" button to get through it, but it is worth it.

https://www.giveitlove.com/crowds-stand-in-awe-as-a-bear-encounters-a-house-cat-in-its-enclosure/

n 2000, at the Berlin Zoo, zookeepers and guests were observing the enclosure of an Asiatic bear named Mäuschen when they were completely taken aback by a stray black house cat that managed to wander into the bear’s dangerous enclosure at the zoo.


Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Jun 26, 2020, 02:18 PM (2 replies)

Aunt Jemima?

A lot of people are taking sides over this, but I leaning toward Nancy Green's side. Like a lot of kids, I grew up on Jemima's pancakes and syrup and nowhere did I, my family, or anyone else in the neighborhood have or develop any racist feeling over it. In fact, in my neighborhood Jemima and Uncle Ben were two of the very few black people we knew of who weren't entertainers and we respected them. Liked them, too. This was before MLK, btw.

Our attitude as kids, and some parents, too, were that the "Mammy" caricature was not demeaning to the characters but was sympathetic to them, and somewhat heroic.

Nancy Green, the first Jemima, was born into slavery, a condition she had no control over, and managed to make the best of it. Note that she wowed the Chicago Exposition in 1889.

https://blackamericaweb.com/2013/03/28/little-known-black-history-fact-the-history-of-aunt-jemima/

In 1890, a former slave named Nancy Green was hired to be the spokesperson for Aunt Jemima brand food products.

Nancy Green was born into slavery in 1834 in Montgomery County, Kentucky. In 1889 the creators of Aunt Jemima, Charles Rutt and Charles Underwood, sold the company to R.T Davis, who soon found Nancy Green in Chicago. The previous owners had already agreed upon her ‘look’ of a bandana and apron. Davis combined the Aunt Jemima look with a catchy tune from the Vaudeville circuit to make the Aunt Jemima brand.

Green’s identity was first uncovered at the Worlds’ Columbian Exposition in 1893. There were so many people interested in the Aunt Jemima exhibit, police were called for crowd control. Green served pancakes to thousands of people. People loved her warm personality and friendly demeanor, not to mention her cooking. Green was given an award for showmanship at the exposition.

As a result of her dedication, Aunt Jemima received 50,000 orders for pancake mix. Not only did flour sales soar, but Green received a lifetime contract to serve as spokesperson. She was a living legend of the brand until she died in a car accident in September 1923.


More on Nancy Green. There are, in this article, arguments both for and against using the Jemima image today, but here's their take on Green: (Oh, and is understandable if some of the promotional pictures are kinda vile these days)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aunt_Jemima

The African American Registry of the United States suggests Nancy Green and other individuals who played the caricature of Aunt Jemima should be celebrated in lieu of what has been widely condemned as a stereotypical and racist brand image. On Nancy Green's birthday, November 17, the registry wrote "we celebrate the birth of Nancy Green in 1834. She was a Black storyteller and one of the first Black corporate models in the United States."[30]

Nancy Green was the first spokesperson hired by the R. T. Davis Milling Company for the Aunt Jemima pancake mix.[3] Green was born a slave in Montgomery County, Kentucky.[5][31] Dressed as Aunt Jemima, Green appeared at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, beside the "world's largest flour barrel" (24 feet high), where she operated a pancake-cooking display, sang songs, and told romanticized stories about the Old South (a happy place for blacks and whites alike). She appeared at fairs, festivals, flea markets, food shows, and local grocery stores; her arrival heralded by large billboards featuring the caption, "I'se in town, honey."[5][9][31] She died in 1923, and was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave.


Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Jun 25, 2020, 02:55 PM (30 replies)

Have an allergy? Food labeling guidelines changing..

"highly refined" peanut oil, anyone?

https://blogs.webmd.com/food-fitness/20200604/have-a-food-allergy-what-to-know-about-the-new-relaxed-labeling-guidelines

The FDA recently announced that it’s relaxing some food labeling requirements because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With supply chains disrupted, they want to make it easier for manufacturers who can’t find the ingredients they need to make substitutions--without changing the ingredient list or food label.

Rest assured that manufacturers can’t suddenly introduce a Top 8 allergen (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans) without updating labeling. The change can’t significantly alter the nutrition, and has to be minor (two percent or less by weight).

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But if you’re someone with an allergy or intolerance outside those Top 8, this is probably making you nervous--and for good reason. Allergies to sesame, buckwheat, and mustard also affect people and are considered major allergens in other parts of the world. Yet, some of these ingredients may end up being used as swaps: The FDA’s guidelines merely say that food manufacturers “should avoid” substitutions that could cause safety issues. That’s “dangerously vague,” as David Bloom, CEO of SnackSafely.com points out, and sounds more like a suggestion than a requirement.

Another potential risk: “Highly-refined” oils. Because they’ve heavily processed and stripped of protein, the FDA doesn’t consider them allergenic--even though some people with allergies still react to them and avoid products made with them. With the new guidance, a company could substitute highly-refined peanut oil for canola oil but not show that change on the ingredient list.

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Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:58 PM (7 replies)

It's after midnight and I'm bored, so I'll start another thread about Harris...

She was my first choice in the primaries. I admired how she could be all business and bore down questioning a witness or making point about legislation and later that afternoon be all smiles and giggles over puppies and kids. None of it phony posturing or playing a part, either. I may be yelled at for this, but I saw her as the perfect replacement for Michelle Obama-- a Michelle who wanted to stay in the game.

I have little doubt that she will fill Joe's shoes should tragedy happen, and she will be well placed to run for the White House in '14.

I see Susan Rice as the obvious choice for State, and Warren in any one of several cabinet positions.

And Amy K? Attorney General? Sitting in the wings for '14 or later?





Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Jun 18, 2020, 11:29 PM (28 replies)

Went to Wendy's for the first time in years. You know about "Irish Girl" Diane Jennings? Well, she..

rated Wendy's as the best, so I thought I'd drop in for the first time in years.

(Cue mandatory whining about corporate burger joints)

It was godawful. The fries were apparently days old, and cold. Tossed them into the parking lot and even the seagulls wouldn't touch them. One crow tried, and gave up.

The burger itself was barely edible, but I was hungry enough to get it down. The diet Coke had almost no ice, and didn't really taste like Coke.

Wasted seven bucks.

I no longer lust after Irish Girl.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Jun 18, 2020, 10:54 PM (8 replies)

Sometimes, a rope is just a rope...


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nooses-in-oakland-park-were-exercise-aids-man-says/ar-BB15DP8G?ocid=spartandhp




OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland’s mayor said five ropes found hanging from trees in a city park are nooses and racially-charged symbols of terror but a resident said they are merely exercise equipment that he put up there months ago.

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he Police Department provided five photographs of trees, some of which showed knotted ropes and one that appeared to have a piece of plastic pipe attached to a rope, hanging from tree limbs.

They have been removed by city officials.

Victor Sengbe, who is black, told KGO-TV that the ropes were part of a rigging that he and his friends used as part of a larger swing system. He also shared video of the swing in use.
“Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create,” Sengbe said.

“It’s unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to have a good time got misinterpreted into something so heinous,” he told the station.

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Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Jun 18, 2020, 09:27 AM (0 replies)
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