April 17, 2019

At the Springtime Table...

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... there's a wide selection. Talk about what you want.

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86 comments:

rehajm said...

Unless there’s some sam marzano tomato and some burrata seeds in there the basil isn’t much good.

mccullough said...

Looks like Jack Dorsey’s one meal a day

narciso said...

part of the podhoretz interview, how the son strays far from the father,


https://twitter.com/matthewschmitz/status/1118515314831101952

Ray - SoCal said...

Us government sure likes to charge relatives, as a way to get a guilty plea.

Michael Millikan - brother
Mike Flynn - son
Lori Loughlin (college admission) - daughter

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6932285/Lori-Loughlins-DAUGHTER-criminal-investigation-college-admissions-scandal.html

Not very nice...

h said...

To those elitists who are anti-anti-vaxers, let me point the following:

Percentage of elections that elected Trump prior to 2015: 0
Percentage of elections that elected Trum since 2015: 100.

If we don't stop vaccinations now, we are dooming the US to one election after another in which (a) Trump is elected.

https://www.sciencealert.com/robert-f-kennedy-tweets-a-ridiculous-conspiracy-theory-about-vaccinations

mccullough said...

Prosecutors almost always overcharge and try and leverage family members.

Most of them are scumbags like Jim Comey. That job attracts lowlifes.

Fen said...
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stevew said...

The daily low temperature has sustained an above freezing level for a couple of weeks now. Color returns to the world. My lovely wife spent a solid bit of time outdoors today prepping the vegetable garden. The sun is higher in the sky and vitamin D production is up. Spirits are high.

Fen said...

That was funny but:

"Kennedy's unwillingness to accept the safety and necessity of vaccines has led him to see causation were there is none, but the real danger comes when he begins to warn others about this nonsense."

Have the experts ever been wrong about vaccines before? I seem to recall flu problems because they predicted the wrong strain would be prevalent.

And the scientists? We've already seen reams of shoddy and corrupt practices in Climate Science. They don't even follow the Scientific Method. And they marginalize skeptics by likening them to Holocaust Deniers. Seeing the pattern?

And the anti-vaxers? The articles represent them as kooks who don't believe in vaccines. Same way people who want immigration reform are portrayed as wanting no immigration.

I was fully onboard with the need to vaccinate. But the false appeals to authority and deliberate misrepresentation and demonization of the other side is giving me pause.

Do the anti-vaxers really want to stop the practice of vaccinations or are they simply saying something has gone wrong?

stevew said...

In other news, I booked some travel for next week, Boston to Newark, and was issued a SECURITY ALERT (with a flashing red triangle!): there is an ongoing measles outbreak in the greater NYC area. Fortunately I am immune.

Fen said...

"there is an ongoing measles outbreak in the greater NYC area."

I'm assuming the thousands of illegals jumping the border have no vaccination record?

Any medical experts have any idea what their vaccination status is? I'm assuming refugees from Venezuela aren't current?

Or is Central and South America more midernized in this regard than one would expect?

Unknown said...

In other news, I booked some travel for next week, Boston to Newark,

Wow! Make sure you get some other great stops in too. Maybe Cleveland, Fayetteville or Scranton..

Heartless Aztec said...

Datil pepper seeds. Unique in North America. Originally from Minorca now from St Augustine.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VBNT9AC/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apa_i_Vo8TCbFGH2S0V

stevew said...

Unknown said...
"Wow! Make sure you get some other great stops in too. Maybe Cleveland, Fayetteville or Scranton.."

I'm reading a bit of snobbishness in that comment Unknown! :-) I should say it is business travel. Note that I get to go to all the hot spots across the Northeast. Can't name them here, don't want to drive up traffic.

Unknown said...

More sympathy than snobbishness. I lived in Fayetteville (NC) for about 9 years, and live in a definite non-destination city now. (It's a nice place to live, but you wouldn't want to visit there :-)

Bay Area Guy said...

I think Fen is onto something.

Maybe, we should build a wall TO KEEP OUT THOSE HORDES OF MEASLES-CARRYING, ANTI-VAXXERS!

That might move the political needle a bit in the right direction.

Where are their vaccine compliance cards?

Milwaukie guy said...

There have been three or four Great Awakenings in American Christianity. I wonder if there's any possibility in France.

Hagar said...

So The Fat Kid has fired off some kind of missile again and has been talking to Putin about something.
Just trying to see if he can get something from Putin since he did not get anywhere with his charm offensive on Trump?
Wonder what Uncle Xi thinks about this? Does he much care?
The Putin thing might catch his attention though. Perhaps it is Xi's interest The Kid is trying to get?

pacwest said...

I think those are nasturtium seeds? They make a fantastic hanging basket. You are constantly picking blooms though.

Rae said...

So the racist Democrat governor of Virginia stepped down today. Good thing. Wait? What do you mean that didn't happen? I could swear...

madAsHell said...

We're at roughly the same latitude, and my sprouts have been above ground for a couple of weeks.

Hagar said...

Actually, from Ilhan Omar's point of view 9/11 was "some people did something" that she and her people - the Somalis - had nothing to do with and don't see why they should share in the blame for.
9/11 was a private enterprise operation engaged in by a group of Saudi Arabians, and there is no love lost between the Somalis and the Saudis, or any other Arabs for that matter. I think that for Omar the world is about her and her tribe, and it is grossly unfair to be blamed for something those dirty slave trading Arabs did.

Bay Area Guy said...

Congresswonan Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) is a 9/11 Truther.

That's pretty bad.

Fen said...

"Where are their vaccine compliance cards?"

Nazi! :)

David Begley said...

Meade!

Is this a late Spring or what? What did the Farmer’s Almanac predict?

Hagar said...

There is hardly any mention of it, but the U.S. Gov't is negotiating with the Taliban and the Afghan government in preparation for US military forces leaving the country.

I think they are kidding themselves if they are negotiating for anything but that there be no shooting on their way out. Once the US is gone, it will be 1842 again as far as the Taliban is concerned regardless of what might have been promised at these "negotiations."

Hagar said...

9/11 is a story she has heard about, but means nothing to her. It was not her and her tribe.

David Begley said...

This anti-vax stuff is more of the breakdown of the Rule of Law. Your mom wouldn’t think about it for a second. Do what the Doc says!

Fen said...

"that she and her people - the Somalis"

During Operation Restore Hope we would roll out of Baderra every morning to escort grain trucks and medicine to one village or another we would always pass by this group up huts.

And every time this cute little girl would be waving at us so we would throw her the candy packet from our MREs. She had most of us charmed.

Now I look back and wonder if she was Omar.

What a strange world we live in.


Narayanan said...

Blogger Fen said...
"there is an ongoing measles outbreak in the greater NYC area."
SteveW said ...
Fortunately I am immune.

BillyJeff claimed he was sterile due to measles.

Miraculously begat Chelsea.

jwl said...

Basil is my favourite herb to grow because it smells lovely, I always grow 8-10 basil plants every summer to be used on field tomatoes in July/August and to freeze in cubes for soups and stews during winter.

D. said...

>I think that for Omar the world is about her and her tribe, and it is grossly unfair to be blamed for something those dirty slave trading Arabs did.<

She and her clan have to go back.

Guildofcannonballs said...

Andre the Giant once drank 106 beers in a row according to Ric Flair.

Fen said...

"Wonder what Uncle Xi thinks about this? Does he much care?"

We are so screwed. America is going to lead the world safely through these multitudes of crisis (crisi ?) ... only to look up and see that we saved the world to populate China's colonization of the solar system.

Phidippus said...

Nice collection of herbs. Fresh herbs are so great for cooking. Got to have those chives for the omelet! I was happy to see that my English thyme, and tarragon, survived the winter under the little hoop tent I made for them, and the rosemary as well.

Nasturtiums, as you probably know, are edible, and very decorative. Mangia, mangia as Nonna says.

I have a flower shoot on one of my columbines, to give you an idea of where spring is here. A bit further along than yours, but at least you don't have to be worried about being flooded by the ocean, due to melting polar ice if the Earth warms, or subsidence from the glaciers if it cools.

Fen said...

My father took me to watch Andre the Giant when I was a sprout. I forget the name of my "hero". Von something who employed "the claw" on your head like the vulcan nerve pinch.

pacwest said...

I heard Trump is going to donate to the restoration. I hope he doesn't insist on a big gold T on the spire.

Bay Area Guy said...

Trump should boot Mike Pence, and have Dan Crenshaw run as his VP.

Pence could say he "wants to spend more time with his family" or some jive like that.

Nothing against Pence, but politics is hardball.

Trump-Crenshaw knocks it out of the park.

Someone should pay me for my political insights. I wonder why they don't?

pacwest said...

"there is no love lost between the Somalis and the Saudis, or any other Arabs for that matter. I think that for Omar the world is about her and her tribe, and it is grossly unfair to be blamed for something those dirty slave trading Arabs did."

She delivered that speech to CAIR.

jwl said...

pacwest - lower case T's and Christian crosses look awfully alike, there is a deal to be made!

narciso said...

She was a teenager when her sponsor the siad barres were deposed.

traditionalguy said...

The French once had the greatest Reformation teacher of them all. A French Trial lawyer turned theology teacher. He converted many of his fellow Frenchmen, later to be called the Huguenots. They became wealthy Reform Christians. But the Catholic Jesuits had the King of France order a French Inquisition to pillage their property and slaughter them, like the King of Spain had done to the Conversos called the Spanish Inquisition. But in 1789 the French Revolution took a revenge for that on the King of France and the Catholic Aristocracy.
Today Catholics in France are 5% of the population.

MayBee said...

I have some Huguenot ancestors. Came to the US to escape. And yet I still love Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle.

Michael said...

Socialist defeated in Alberta. In October the boy PM will be out. Grown ups taking back over.

Fen said...

Von Erich! Yay my mind is still sharp as a-

David Begley said...

Baron Von Rashcke. He was from Omaha. Wrestled at Nebraska.

Big Mike said...

@stevew, the Honorable Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, would be happier if you took the train from Boston to New York. There are stretches south of Boston where the Acela hits 150 mph.

Lawrence Person said...

Bernie vs. the DNC: Round 2.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

I bought a hanging basket of delectable smelling rosemary ~ having been assured by every gardener I know that it's impossible to kill ~ and it shriveled up and died within a week. Puzzled, I went back to the nursery where the lady sold me another one and told me I'd probably overwatered the first and to give it no water beyond rainwater. I hung it on the same hook on the patio pergola I'd hung its predecessor and hoped for the best. That night it got a thorough soaking due to a rainstorm but hey, wild rosemary gets rained on right? Well, it's shriveling up like the other one, albeit a bit more slowly. Ideas?

Unknown said...

Try parsley, sage & thyme instead?

mockturtle said...

My little garden is coming to a close, just in time to see me off to cooler climes. Too hot. I had chard, tomatoes, basil, cilantro and nasturtiums. The nasturtiums are still doing fine. The last of the chard was too bitter due to the heat as it's a cool weather crop. It's been up to 100 already. I started the garden in October and it has done very well.

StephenFearby said...

NY Post
"A New Jersey man was busted Wednesday night after walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral with two full gasoline cans, according to law enforcement sources.

The 37-year-old man entered the Midtown church with two red, 1-gallon [later reports say 2-gallon gas cans with igniters] and was near the pews when he was spotted and grabbed by security, sources said. [No, security stopped him but he turned around and walked out of the building and was later grabbed by cops.]

Police believe the liquid inside the cans is gasoline." [It was.]

Just in case you're thinking this guy is some kind of Arab, Channel 4 (the local NBC outlet)
just reported from police sources that his name is Marc Lamparello of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

He may be a mental case. Or a Muslim convert. Or both.

We'll find out soon enough.

Gahrie said...

We are so screwed. America is going to lead the world safely through these multitudes of crisis (crisi ?) ... only to look up and see that we saved the world to populate China's colonization of the solar system.

I don't think so. I'm predicting that China will implode, and then break up, very similar to what happened to the USSR and for very similar reasons.

narciso said...

Yes warlordism with access to nuclear weapons something to look forward to.

narciso said...

You didnt see that coming:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/women-premiers-disappear-notley-1.5102897

Ralph L said...

The Best of Basil
Fawlty.

Bay Area Guy said...

I can hardly wait for the Mueller Report tomorrow.

I just wanna say, "Go Nadler!"

Let the parsing and color-coded redactions begin!

What's the over/under on when the Left starts accusing Mueller of being a Russian tool for not prosecuting Trump or Trump, Jr. or even Kushner.

I say 1:00 pm (pst)

narciso said...

I'd say 9:30
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1115632/india-elections-prime-minister-narendra-modi-win-voters-lost-faith-bharatiya-janata-party

Lewis Wetzel said...

Can we please change the spelling of "flowers" to "flahrs"? That's how I pronounces it. There may be a problem with metre, but that can be fixed by recognizing that "hrs" is a syllable. If "Y" can be both a vowel and a consonant, why can't "H" be both a vowel and a consonant? In this case, the vowel "H" would be unique in that it represents an absence of vibrating the vocal chords. Like a consonant.

Unknown said...

Realized I hadn't read anything by Megan McArdle in a while, looked her up, and judging by her recent bylines it seems she has gone off the rails.

Ralph L said...

Miraculously begat Chelsea.

Webb Hubble.

Lewis Wetzel said...

Since the media and the Democrats will try to "frame the narrative" by purposely mischaracterizing the Mueller report, here is my idea: Barr should replace all of the transcript quotes in the Mueller report with Bazooka Joe Bubblegum dialog. For example, when Mueller questions Manafort:
Mueller: What's a'matter? Didn't a soda come out of the machine?
Manafort: (emotionally) No!
Mueller: We always please our customers! Here's a soda!
Manafort: Thanks!
Mueller:Say, how come the soda machine worked for me?
Manafort: That's simple -- you put money in it!

Ralph L said...

Pants, do the pots have good drainage? Another possibility is sudden temperature extremes compared to the nursery.

Every gardening book or article I've seen fails to mention that when planting in the ground, the soil you should have loosened under the rootball will settle over time, so that the crown of the plant ends up below grade, which is not good for it.

Lewis Wetzel said...

narciso said...
Yes warlordism with access to nuclear weapons something to look forward to.
4/17/19, 10:52 PM

I don't believe that will be a problem, Narciso. Nuclear bombs are difficult to maintain. You need an army of scientists & techs to keep them operable. Also you need a delivery system. I think the smaller the bombs, like the rumored "suit case bombs," the more difficult the bombs are to maintain. "Difficult" as in "needs the resources of a nation state."

rehajm said...

Funny how MSM lefties are accusing of dropping the report just before Easter so as not to draw attention. It's a Thursday, not late Friday like they are want to do with bad news for lefties, but no matter. It's an admission they know and use the little trick.

rehajm said...

Obama's America.

Trump's America.

rehajm said...

Bernie drew twice as many viewers to his Fox interview than his town hall on CNN. A Fox commentator commented The Food Network has higher ratings than CNN. But go ahead and ban Fox from the primary debates lefties...

BUMBLE BEE said...

I do think conservatives give a listen to others. My leftist folks know it all, quite sure of their politics.

Big Mike said...

>I think that for Omar the world is about her and her tribe, and it is grossly unfair to be blamed for something those dirty slave trading Arabs did.

@Hagar, interesting insight, but Omar needs to be aware that non-Arab Muslims making common cause with al Qaeda certainly suggests that the battle is between the USA and all of Islam.

Clyde said...

I wonder if there is some veiled significance to the fact that the Mueller Report is being issued today on Patriot’s Day, the anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride. Yes, I know it’s a Monday holiday in Massachusetts, but today is the actual 244th anniversary. The famous poem doesn’t get the facts right, but it’s significant all the same. But who is the alarm being raised for and who is it warning against?

Big Mike said...

@Misplaced Pants, back in graduate school a girlfriend (and for 44 years now she’s been my wife) gave me a philodendron. I killed it. She married me anyway, but the only chores she has me do in the garden are pulling out dead annuals and spreading mulch.

stlcdr said...

Orange Scissors! Don’t run.

rehajm said...

Vibe from TV this morning: Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease!

Grant said...

Rosemary really hates wet roots and good soil. Unless your hanging basket drains extremely well, you may be out of luck. On the other hand, here on the 36th parallel I planted rosemary (variety Arp, cold-tolerant) in a toxic little 2 foot square of red clay surrounded by concrete and foundation on all four sides, but with a southern exposure, It’s just under the eaves, and i never water it. Every few years i have to prune it brutally, and it always comes back as big as ever. Covered with flowers all winter long. Makes me happy. Tastes good too.

Nobody said...

I am happy to be on the other side of the pond for this one. Though in the airport lounge yesterday CNN was on with the chryon “What if Fox News covered Trump the way they covered Obama?” I can’t believe that it never occurred to them that people would instantly ask “What if CNN covered Obama the way they are covering Trump” or “Covered Trump the way they covered Obama”

They had a panel of maybe eight people with the same opinions. Why bother? Here you have a bunch of protesters that are shutting down traffic in central London and have apparently dragged a boat into the middle of "Oxford Circus” whatever that is, and left it there to block traffic. Krazy is knee deep wherever you go, I guess.

Nobody said...

Weather is absolutely delightful though.

rhhardin said...

Begali Traveler telegraph key
http://www.i2rtf.com/traveler.html

Designed to appeal to guys.

rehajm said...

Begali Traveler telegraph key

Backpacking ham? That's a thing?

Molly said...

Replying to Fen on vaccination and scientific method. You may be correct, but the anti-vaxers aren't helping because they are not clearly enunciating their basis. So pro-vaxers say quite clearly: 1. Our assertion is that vaccinations are safe. 2. if our assertion is wrong, this is the type of evidence that one should see. 3. We have many many studies that looked for that evidence and did not find it. (And I agree climate change arguments seem to go 1. Our assertion is climate change. 2. There is no kind of evidence that would indicate that our assertion is wrong, because our assertion is right and if you even look for evidence that our assertion is wrong it's because you are anti-science.) But if anti-vaxers are saying 1. Our assertion is that there are ways effectively to protect children from disease that are better than the existing vaccination; they need to follow that up with 2 if our assertion is wrong this is type of evidence you would see. And I don't think they want to do that because the evidence would need to be (a) that vaccinations are safe in all (most?) cases and (b) that our alternative suggestions are not safe or not effective. I'm afraid that would lead to 3. "Oops. we have many studies that are consistent with that evidence."

tcrosse said...

the Mueller Report is being issued today on Patriot’s Day, the anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride.

Paul Revere's dad was a Huguenot, named Apollon Rivoire.

rhhardin said...

Vaccines are not safe but kill a lot fewer people than the condition they protect against, so you're better off vaccinating the population.

Of course if everybody else is protected, you can skip your own vaccination, but that stops working if it catches on.

There's a vaccine court to protect vaccine makers against lawsuits because otherwise nobody would make vaccines. They'd have to pay damages for taking lives while getting no benefit from saving lives, so it's an all-negative business proposition.

Hagar said...

...Omar needs to be aware that non-Arab Muslims making common cause with al Qaeda certainly suggests that the battle is between the USA and all of Islam.

True and not true. Islam is an evangelical religion determined to convert or exterminate all infidels, but that is for the long term. In the mean time, here on earth, there are 1400 years worth of inter-tribal animosities, schisms, imperial ambitions, etc., to fight over and get revenge for prior defeats, insults, and other indignities.

Hagar said...

The US Gov't got into the Viet Nam mess from imagining "World Communism" to be a single monumental bloc to be fought on an ideological basis wherever it reared its ugly head - the Domino Theory and all that.
We should not repeat that mistake with "World Islam."

Etienne said...

Farmers Almanac:

If you aren't planting things that honey bee's like, or your wife likes in a midnight refrigerator sortie, you are failing as a gardener.

narciso said...

ho chi minh, survived the stalin purges, and received support from maoist china, and along the red river, followed their methods, this is unlike with bin laden, who took our support but relied on the kingdom and Pakistan, for philosophical underpinnings,

Josephbleau said...

Mr Wentzel, Chaucer placed liquor as a rhyme to flower so I detect a Norman slant to the word flower. Regardless of your southern brothers. Of which I am one.