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Burleigh County Commission vote to allow refugee resettlement in 3-2 decision

Dunno if this has quite enough national interest for Late Breaking News, but here's some information:


Burleigh County commissioners vote to allow refugee resettlement with a cap of 25 for next year after a four hour hearing.

Both sides of the issue voiced opinions and addressed the commissioners.

Commissioners include Brian Bitner, Jerry Woodcox, Mark Armstrong, Kathleen Jones and Jim Peluso.

Peluso and Bitner voted no.

The option surfaced after President Donald Trump issued an executive order allowing local governments to make their own decisions.

Cass County recently voted to accept refugees.

And a tweet from a friend of mine who was actually at the meeting:


Tempe O'Kun

Heck yes, Bismarck! So proud of you!

300 proud Americans vs. only ~10 nervous Trumpers (who mostly huddled around me because of my giant cowboy hat—uff da!) The final vote came through to thunderous applause, howls, and chants of "USA! USA!" #ndpol


What Trump has done to the courts, explained

From Vox, here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/12/9/20962980/trump-supreme-court-federal-judges

Trump hasn’t simply given lots of lifetime appointments to lots of lawyers. He’s filled the bench with some of the smartest, and some of the most ideologically reliable, men and women to be found in the conservative movement. Long after Trump leaves office, these judges will shape American law — pushing it further and further to the right even if the voters soundly reject Trumpism in 2020.

Let’s start with some raw numbers. Both Obama and Trump appointed two justices to the Supreme Court but Trump’s impact on the highest Court far exceeds Obama’s, because Trump replaced the relatively moderate conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy with the hardline conservative Brett Kavanaugh (that was after appointing conservative Neil Gorsuch to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat). Obama’s appointees — Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — largely maintained the balance of power on a conservative Court, while Trump has shoved that Court even further to the right.

On the courts of appeal, the final word in the overwhelming majority of federal cases, more than one-quarter of active judges are Trump appointees. In less than three years, Trump has named a total of 48 judges to these courts — compared to the 55 Obama appointed during his entire presidency.

It’s tempting to assume that Trump’s judicial appointees share the goonish incompetence of the man who placed them on the bench, but this assumption could not be more wrong. His picks include leading academics, Supreme Court litigators, and already prominent judges who now enjoy even more power within the judiciary.

And they’re young, too. “The average age of circuit judges appointed by President Trump is less than 50 years old,” the Trump White House bragged in early November, “a full 10 years younger than the average age of President Obama’s circuit nominees.” Trump’s nominees will serve for years or even decades after being appointed. Even if Democrats crush the 2020 elections and win majorities in both houses of Congress, these judges will have broad authority to sabotage the new president’s agenda.

McConnell and The Federalist Society have been waiting for this moment for years, and they've pounced on it. Calling them "Trump's" appointees is giving him a lot of credit. I'd call them McConnell's appointees.

Easy Homemade Potato Rosti recipe

This is a very simply recipe for a sort of Dutch-style potato pancake. This differs a little from a traditional sort of Jewish latke, which is usually bound with the addition of flour or egg. This rosti is not held together with anything other than the cooked starch of the potatoes that make it up. You can also use a mandolin for this, but it will affect the texture, it's very much whatever you prefer.

It's very easy to change the flavour profile by switching up the herbs or adding spices. You can make it hot by adding some red chili flakes or a dash of tabasco. You can add garlic or shallot. You can stir in some fresh or frozen leek or chive. There are lots of options for flavours for this one, depending on what you want to use it for or pair it with.

Breakfast oatmeal custard recipe

Going to be a short one! I'm traveling and doing this from my phone. This is a simple and hearty breakfast with oats and chia and lots of protein from the cream and eggs! Top it with whatever fresh, dried, or frozen fruit you like! You can also easily replace the honey with maple syrup.

The Impeachable Mr. Trump - SOME MORE NEWS

Beef and Beet with Barley Stew Recipe

Temperatures are dropping, so it's time for nice warm soups and stews! This is a simple beef and beet stew that only uses two pots (or a pan and a pot). Takes a while to cook, but it definitely worth it. You can use any kind of decent stewing meat for this. We happened to have some amazing beef short ribs, but anything sold as stewing meat or anything that would take a low and slow cooking method will work just fine.

This recipe is amazing left over, but don't overdo it with the barley, or else it will be all that's left on the next day! Also, you can easily replace the chicken stock with beef stock or vegetable stock. Not much to add this week, I've got a pretty bad cold. Bleh!

Chick-fil-A UPDATE: backtracks, won't pledge to end donations to anti-LGBT charities

From Pink News: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/11/19/chick-fil-a-backtracks-anti-lgbt-donations/

The chicken chain, which has a long history of donations to lobbying groups that oppose LGBT+ rights, signalled on Monday that it would end donations to charities that discriminate against LGBT+ people, after a sustained international boycott.

However, after a backlash from anti-LGBT conservatives and Republicans, the company appears to have quietly backtracked.

In a statement to Vice, Chick-fil-A President and COO Tim Tassopoulos refused to confirm the company would not donate to groups that oppose LGBT+ rights. He said: “No organisation will be excluded from future consideration–faith-based or non-faith-based.”

A statement on the Chick-fil-A Foundation website said it was “happy and proud” of its 2018 donations, which include Christian organisations that discriminate against LGBT+ people.

Well, that didn't last long.

Simple Homemade Chili Hot Oil Recipe

This simple recipe is for a condiment you frequently see on the table at Chinese restaurants. It is dead easy, and makes a delicious flavoured oil for all sorts of uses. We fancy ours up rather a lot with a bunch of different spices, but of course you can make plain hot oil with just the mashed-up pepper pods. If you want it hotter, leave the seeds in!

As far as I'm concerned, the sesame seeds are non-negotiable, but you can easily make this your own by adding or removing spices. Ours bears a passing resemblance to the flavour profile of Chinese 5-spice powder, and those ground-up Szechuan peppercorns add a really nice floral note.

Also: I wanted to say thanks again for everyone who watches, likes, and shares our videos! We just passed 1500 subscribers on YouTube, and we feel like we've managed to introduce a few people to some fun new recipes. Thanks!!

How far is too far for Don Cherry?

Full article here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/article-how-far-is-too-far-for-don-cherry/

On Saturday night, as part of his annual Remembrance Day tribute to Canada’s veterans on Hockey Night in Canada, Cherry ranted angrily that, in Mississauga, where he lives, and downtown Toronto “nobody wears the poppy.” Jabbing his index finger repeatedly toward the camera, he said: “You people love – they come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you could pay a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

In his statement posted on Sunday to the Twitter account of Sportsnet PR, Yabsley seemed as stunned as Capt. Renault: “Don’s discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network. We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks.”

Cherry’s apologies have been rare and usually made only under extreme pressure – sometimes of the legal variety. On the opening night of the 2011-12 season, Cherry laced into three former NHL enforcers, calling them “pukes” and “hypocrites,” for suggesting the league’s fighting culture – of which Cherry is the greatest cheerleader – had caused the substance-abuse problems of fellow tough guys. It took more than a week, and the threat of a lawsuit from the three former players, before Cherry apologized.

On Sunday night, almost 24 hours after his “you people” comments, nobody had yet heard from Cherry. But his sidekick, Ron MacLean, who had sat in silence during Cherry’s rant and then concluded the segment with an oddly robotic thumbs-up, offered an earnest apology that included references to Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

Opening the broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey, of which he is the host, MacLean told viewers that Cherry’s remarks “were hurtful, discriminatory [and] flat-out wrong.”

“We know diversity is the strength of the country. We see it in the travels with our show, and with Hockey Night in Canada. So – I owe you an apology, too,” he said. “I sat there, did not catch it, did not respond. Kathryn Teneese of Ktunaxa First Nation once said, in any wrongdoing, the real key is recognition and acknowledgment. I wanted to let you know that first – and then you work on the relationship, so that it isn’t divisive, so that something can be a unifying event. Idle No More was a great lesson to all of us. Last night was a really great lesson to Don and me. We were wrong, and I sincerely apologize, and I wanted to thank you for calling me and Don on that last night.”

Don has such a history of saying shitty things, they didn't even have to reference his "commie pinko" rant about Toronto cyclists when he was stumping for Rob Ford. Further proof that cancel culture just isn't a thing for well-known media personalities. They get to just keep coming back and coming back.

Don, your 15 minutes were up years ago.

Vegan Apple Carrot Oat Breakfast Mini Muffins Recipe

Okay, that's a lot of words to describe something pretty simple. This is an easy and delicious breakfast muffin that is dense with nutrients and extremely delicious. It is also vegan, and we didn't even add any sugar to ours, because the apple we used was so sweet, as well as the apple cider.

These muffins aren't like the big poofy muffins with muffin-tops you typically find, but they do get some nice loft from the baking soda and baking powder, and they are quite dense, and will sustain you through the morning. You can make them a little bigger, but you may want to cook them a little longer. You can, of course, change a number of things in this recipe. Replace carrots with zucchini, replace apple with pear, change the spice mix, change the raisins for cranberries or dried cherries, this is a very versatile recipe. Just remember not to over-mix, and once it's mixed, don't let it sit around before baking!

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