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December 28, 2020

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windbag

Will 2020 be remembered as the year we jumped off the cliff or the year we hit the canyon floor?

Governor Squid

I shall be striving to see that it's not remembered at all. At least by me.

Nathan

Thank you, David. Your tip jar has been hit.

David

Your tip jar has been hit.

Bless you, sir. May you enjoy a reputation for sending high-quality Christmas cards. Punctually, of course.

anon a mouse

"Heavens, a button. I wonder what it does."

NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Oh. That button...

Cloudbuster

While in Salon, Bay Area progressive Nicole Karlis wrote of the “heartache, tears and stress” brought on by the loss of one’s plastic water bottle. A sentiment echoed by fellow progressives and non-specific activists, who shared their wrenching tales of “water-bottle separation anxiety,” a phenomenon that can apparently induce fits of weeping and feelings of “falling into chaos.”

This one is no longer a joke to me. In 2018 my son was killed by a leftist woman who lost control of her car while reaching for her water bottle.

sk60

Instalanche!

David

Instalanche!

We’re going to need snacks.

We’ll say it’s pâté.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

So sorry, Cloudbuster.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

David, your remark about sending out Xmas cards reminded me that not only did I forget to do so this year, but so did everyone I know! What about the rest of you? Did you forget? Did your friends and relatives forget?

aelfheld
It’s consuming my mind. -- Michaela Brown

Poor thing, it's obviously starving.

Observer

I have a last name that is usually misspelled, and have spent my life spelling my name out to clerks and such.

This is obviously a racist attack on Irish people.

WTP

David, your remark about sending out Xmas cards reminded me that not only did I forget to do so this year, but so did everyone I know! What about the rest of you? Did you forget? Did your friends and relatives forget?

Well since you ask....We sent about 30-35 out. Just counted and we received 17. Well, two were for the dog, so.... I've never done this until this year, but I cut a few people off the list. People who never send us one. Some had told us they don't need one. I generally sent one anyway because I thought it was still a nice gesture. I'm still a little torn about not sending them but I just couldn't muster up the extra effort if I didn't think it would be appreciated. Especially given that those I dropped for the most part were people who seem to think I'm some sort of ignorant racist or some such. People whom I have known for decades. I hate to say it but I just ran out of Christmas spirit at some point. Never felt this way before.

Jeff Guinn

I couldn't help but notice the vast majority of those so admiringly cited above are women.

Hmmm.

David

I couldn’t help but notice the vast majority of those so admiringly cited above are women.

[ Hides breakables. ]

Uma Thurmond's Feet

"Did your friends and relatives forget?"

I uncharacteristically sent a number of cards, and received a few in return. Not surprisingly, we did the "family letter" thing as the kids were grown, but when one of them got repeatedly into trouble, culminating in deciding he was a she, well, that's rather hard to talk about in a general letter.

(I joke that we were raised by a family of shellfish, even though we don't dislike each other, but I came late into the family and never got to bond with any of them. And while they stayed in blue-collar jobs, while I'm writing and making videos and doing creative stuff, it didn't seem like we had anything to talk about. We drifted.)

David

Did you forget? Did your friends and relatives forget?

This year more than most it seemed a good idea to make sure cards were sent, in lieu of the usual hugs and indecently large glasses of wine. I rather miss getting hammered with Beloved Sister-In-Law #1.

Joan

I rather miss getting hammered with Beloved Sister-In-Law #1.

*tries to imagine David drunk*

David

*tries to imagine David drunk*

It doesn’t happen frequently, but when it does, Beloved Sister-In-Law #1 is likely to be involved.

Governor Squid

I missed the water bottle thing, because I was testing my capacity for consuming rum and tequila in Isla Mujeres that week. I can't thank our gracious host enough -- I'd hate to have gone to my grave never knowing about the heartache of water bottle separation anxiety.

(We've given and received the normal number of holiday cards this year. We put a one-page note in ours, mostly because we haven't seen anybody face-to-face to catch up on things. We covered things by month: January, February, March, and Apmayjuauguseptocnovril.)

WTP

As we are still accumulating 2020 news...

I say that if Hillary Hayward-Thomas cannot produce a green card or proof of naturalization, she should be deported ASAP. And take her anchor babies with her.

https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2020/12/28/alec-baldwins-wife-hilaria-keeps-digging-after-getting-royally-busted-for-allegedly-how-you-say-in-english-lying-about-spanish-heritage-videos/

a different james

This year more than most it seemed a good idea to make sure cards were sent,

Very much so.

Also, the annual "does anyone send Christmas cards anymore?" refrain seems to grow louder, so I become more determined to carry on doing so.

Jay Guevara

“Who isn’t vegan in some way these days?”

Absolutely. I'm vegan for the first course of dinner. But once I finish my salad, I fall off the wagon and eat a nice juicy slab of roast beef. Having done that, I become vegan once again for dessert.

Jay Guevara

Let's see:

Barbara Ellen
Susanna Rustin
Nicole Karlis
Sally Howard
Ms Alex Dew
Wendy Trevino
Gemma Hartley
Ms Lynx Vilden
Ms Doris Uhlich
Dr Louise Raw
Amy Bonomi
Rachel Miller
Arlene Dávila
Ms Tahlea Aualiitia
Ami Horowitz
Laurie Penny
Ms Kyl Myers
Ms Michaela Brown
Ms Christine Organ
Sa’iyda Shabazz

If we ever invent a time machine, may I take this list back to 1920, when the 19th Amendment was (for some inexplicable reason) being contemplated?

Steve E

Ami Horowitz

Ami Horowitz is very much a guy. He makes all those man-in-the-street satire interview films like this one.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

A dazzling display of fiskatorial virtuosity! David, have you ever considered compiling your best fiskings into a book?

Killer Marmot

Crosswords privilege the down and across over the slanted. Yet science has proven that words do not have dimorphic orientation, but rather exist on a continuum of angles. To erase that continuum is plagiophobic. Thus solving crosswords makes you a PERF needing of cancellation.

I could do this all day long, and it's not much different than what the above authors do. But at least I understand that it's horse manure.

Ricard Cranium

Mr Guevara, perhaps the "you must own property to be allowed to vote " rule is a better metric?

Observer

August brought us news of Laurie Penny’s latest ‘coming out

Which is really weird, considering she got married to a heterosexual male in October.

https://www.wired.com/story/my-highly-unexpected-heterosexual-pandemic-zoom-wedding/

She also continues to live in the United States, despite hating the place.

dcardno
She also continues to live in the United States, despite hating the place.
I suspect the feeling is mutual
Observer

I suspect the feeling is mutual

I do owe a debt to Penny for one of the most inadvertently hilarious set of Tweets ever, where she denounced the electorate of the United Kingdom for failing to elect Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister.

It just wasn't fair you see - she and her friends worked so hard for a Labour victory.

Why, she and her friends took trains to the North, despite having no money and having colds, to explain to those pig-ignorant Northerners why Labour had to win.

I'm imagining some working-class Northerner being accosted by a sniffling gender studies major with a London accent, and being lectured on how they had to vote. Can't imagine why that didn't go well.

Felicity

Which is really weird, considering she got married to a heterosexual male in October .

What a beautiful story, though I fear it is destined to end in tears. I have not been a fan of Australia’s pandemic border policies, but all of a sudden.....they are looking a lot more rationale.

Louise
In March, readers of the Observer were invited to ponder the profound moral question, “Is it ever acceptable for a feminist to hire a cleaner?” Much fretting ensued regarding the acceptable sex and skin colour of the person doing the cleaning, with the paper’s Sally Howard deciding that the most feminist way to empower cleaning ladies - and to avoid the “structural devaluation of women’s work” - is to make said ladies unemployed. The views of Ms Howard’s former cleaners, fired in the name of feminism, were not deemed worthy of inclusion.

Peak leftism?

Louise

P.S. I found out what the button is for. :-)

Happy New Year, David.

David

Peak leftism?

I’m not sure there’s an upper limit. It doesn’t seem constrained by any normal consideration. Say, whether a thing is true, or plausible, or remotely realistic.

P.S. I found out what the button is for. :-)

Bless you, madam. May your duvet remain at all times equally distributed.

And likewise, a happy new year to you.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I’m not sure there’s an upper limit. It doesn’t seem constrained by any normal consideration. Say, whether a thing is true, or plausible, or remotely realistic.

On that note, via the anti-slackwittery Frontpagemag.com, we learn of "pernicious pedagogy" and anti-racist grading".

I know we have seen this sort of thing before, but this is USDA prime.

Pernicious grading practices start out as pernicious pedagogy. I cannot separate grading practices from pedagogy, and I cannot separate pedagogy from the history of classism, sexism, racism, and ableism in the United States. The idea of what is successful at school is still very much constructed through an able-bodied, monied, aggressively competitive white male lens.

Those darn wypipo, however, now that we have the boilerplate leftist claptrap out of the way,

And so if you know 2+2=4, one way you can express your knowing is by writing it. Another way you can express your knowing is by discussing it. A third way is by creating a model that shows it. A fourth way is by illustrating it and a fifth way is by performing a play.

"Say, do you have the specifications for the new engine done yet ?" "Shhh...we'll have them soon, Jenkins is only on the second act..."

...did the kid meet the learning outcome? I don't care about how they got there.

Method is totally unimportant, this is known as the "Plotting a Great Circle Route To The Corner Store" approach.

"Is our children learning ?"

David

“anti-racist grading”

In a saner world, these pernicious little clowns would be laughed out of every room they entered, and out of every job in which they might have any kind of power over children, before being chased into the street, and out of town, with nail-guns, if necessary.

Watcher In The Dark

Misspelled names: my surname has no letter H in it (though some variations of it may well have) yet people who have come to know me insist it does, or should have.

I have offered to change my name to include the letter H to help them, but they don't seem impressed. Some of them, being lefties, presumably know better than me and just *know* how things should be, and such great knowledge does not need to include me.

Nikw211

I know we have seen this sort of thing before, but ...

    [T]he term "fall behind" is a social construct. This idea of where a person should be is not a naturally occurring thing.

Well, in a literal sense that is true.

Unfortunately for him, that also pretty much applies to almost any SI unit he might care to mention, from metres to amps to kilos to candelas.

On his terms, every one of those is "a social construct" too.

Presumably, however, he wouldn't consider doing 65mph in a 20mph school zone acceptable on the grounds that miles per hour - and speed limits - are "social constructs"?

    We know from child development psychologist Jean Piaget that all people develop differently and grow at different paces.

If a major part of his point is that "This idea of where a person should be is not a naturally occurring thing", how exactly did Piaget discover that children developed "at different paces" if he wasn't using some form of measurement ("a social construct")?

    Think of grading as the output: If your programming code is bad, the output of the program will always be bad.

I think he may have said more than he intended to on that point.

David

I think he may have said more than he intended to on that point.

It scarcely needs saying, but… [ dramatic pause ] lefties project.

fnord

Bless you, madam. May your duvet remain at all times equally distributed.

I get the impression that your belssings are drawn from experience. My Ghod, your life must be a living heck.

Your courage is an inspiration to us all.

*hangs banner of congratulations*
:)
Happy New Year!

anon a mouse

A fourth way is by illustrating it and a fifth way is by performing a play.

What, no illustrative dance? HEATHEN!!!!!!

pst314

...we learned, via the Guardian, of the latest must-have status accessory – namely, dinner parties at which one pays $2,500 to be scolded as a racist...

As usual, Monty Python was ahead of the curve and we sadly see that every satire, no matter how deranged, becomes reality.

WTP

What, no illustrative dance?

It's called interpretive dance. And it's hell fun. . The great Divine hath told us so. Heathen.

pst314

She also continues to live in the United States, despite hating the place.

Presumably in Manhattan, where they also hate America.

pst314

German court orders bakery to stop selling cookies made with sawdust:

"The unnamed baker had been operating a mail order business, selling his sawdust cookies all over Germany. He openly listed sawdust as an ingredient...The baker claimed that the 'microbiological' sawdust he used in his cookies was a 'herbal product' similar to bran...The court argued that sawdust was used as a filler and carrier for technical applications, and was not on the list of novel edible ingredients approved by the European Union...in the 1700s, European bakers started using sawdust in their products, so they could lower the cost..."

pst314

"On that note, via the anti-slackwittery Frontpagemag.com, we learn of 'pernicious pedagogy' and 'anti-racist grading'."

Link to Frontpagemag.

The idea of what is successful at school is still very much constructed through an able-bodied, monied, aggressively competitive white male lens.

As black students continue to lag behind whites and Asians, the left's intellectual gyrations and contortions to explain away failure will get ever more bizarre and their efforts to stamp out embarrassing facts will become increasingly thuggish.

pst314

As black students continue to lag behind whites and Asians

Correction: "lag behind in academic achievement while leaping ahead in criminality." ;-)

Darleen

lag behind in academic achievement while leaping ahead in criminality

Legacy of slavery! Not.

Jay Guevara

Mr Guevara, perhaps the "you must own property to be allowed to vote " rule is a better metric?

A most cromulent proposal, Richard.

In response to a leftist who said that she'd support the Second Amendment if it applied only to muskets, the firearm extent at the time the Bill of Rights was adopted.

I replied that that was fine, if voting were limited only to white male property owners, as was also the case at the time.

CavScoutCoastie

David, thanks for the laughs and insights this year. Looking forward to next year. Tip jar hit.

pst314

the left's intellectual gyrations and contortions to explain away failure will get ever more bizarre

In the 1950's the entire left, from liberals to communists, was cheerfully confident that progressive education policies would quickly eliminate the black-white achievement gap. Integration. Busing. Affirmative Action. Massive subsidies. Theraputic handling of misbehavior. This did not happen. As the years went by, the left became every more desperate and ever more angry. It is now fair to say that they are maddened by the failure of their policies. They are not sane.

"Because all else is worse. Until the New Sun comes, we have but a choice of evils. All have been tried, and all have failed. Goods in common, the rule of the people...everything. You wish for progress? The Ascians have it. They are deafened by it, crazed by the death of Nature till they are ready to accept Erebus and the rest as gods."
--The Citadel of the Autarch, Gene Wolfe

David

Tip jar hit.

Bless you, sir. May those brilliant ideas occur to you before the fact, rather than after it.

Daniel Ream

A most cromulent proposal, Richard.

At the time of the Founding, when there was both ample undeveloped land for the taking and no way of developing it short of going out and working it yourself, that was a good plan. Voters were those who had invested significantly in the country.

Today, though, pretty much all the land is apportioned and it's impossible for someone who wants to own land to do so without indebting themselves to the actual landowner for twenty years or more.

There needs to be some way for a diligent, would-be citizen to demonstrate his commitment to the republic - a commitment that could possibly include laying down his or her life for it if necessary. Two years federal service ought to do it.

Jay Guevara

There needs to be some way for a diligent, would-be citizen to demonstrate his commitment to the republic - a commitment that could possibly include laying down his or her life for it if necessary.

Yep. My response was in the spirit of a modest proposal, to highlight the ridiculous nature and anachronism of my interlocutor's reasoning.

Having said that, I'd seriously propose conditioning the suffrage on either Federal service, or paying taxes, i.e., to contribute something, either in cash or in kind, to the public weal.

The notion that free riders get a say in how Federal resources (human and financial) are employed, when they themselves have contributed nothing whatever to them, is in my opinion immoral. Do I get a say in how my neighbor spends his income? To ask the question is to answer it.

anon a mouse

"support the Second Amendment if it applied only to muskets, the firearm extent at the time the Bill of Rights was adopted"

*glances over at case holding an antique Kentucky Rifle...*

Megaera

Regarding Christmas cards, I have sent none for several years (while still possessing a largeish stock slowly going ecru around the edges in a drawer somewhere) and the Pandemic wasn't going to change my resolve -- then I got a forwarded email from the relative of an old friend advising that he was ill and cards (and regards) were sought on his behalf. So I blew the dust off the least-ecru of my collection, scrawled season's greetings and etc, and managed to make up the value of current postage from my random assortment of orphan lower-value stamps (Yes, it HAS been a while since I sent something by mail, why do you ask?) and off it shot. Haven't heard anything since, probably just as well under the circumstances. Less a Christmas card, actually, then a sort of message-inna-bottle mailing, hopeful for a desirable effect but not really wanting or needing to find out The End of the Story.

pst314

Peak leftism?
I’m not sure there’s an upper limit. It doesn’t seem constrained by any normal consideration.

I keep hoping to see it disappear in a burst of quarks and photons, but have so far been disappointed.

pst314

It's called interpretive dance. And it's hell fun. . The great Divine hath told us so. Heathen.

Yes, I now remember the not so divine Devine. It must be terribly sad to aspire to be an artist but have no actual talent. I'd feel sorry for him if he weren't such an obnoxious, entitled little git.

David

It must be terribly sad to aspire to be an artist but have no actual talent.

Ms Theia Connell’s, um, creations, linked in the same post, still raise an eyebrow.

I’d somehow managed to forget about them.

You have to wonder, did no-one intervene? I mean, take her on one side and explain, “Look, love, you’re really shit at this. For the love of God, please, try something else.”

Sporkatus

Second Amendment... applied only to muskets

The rejoinder must include mention of cannons, grapeshot, the Nock gun, the Girardoni repeating air rifle, and possibly this beauty:
https://www.forgottenweapons.com/perdition-to-conspirators-magnificent-14-barrel-flintlock/

"But the founders couldn't have imagined the degree of destruction a modern combat arm is capable of!"

My back teeth, they couldn't have.

pst314

You have to wonder, did no-one intervene?

Most people are extremely reluctant to "be mean" by speaking painful truths. Even the extremely talented Isaac Asimov has remarked that when writers ask for criticism what they really want is praise: any negative criticism will be rejected with anger.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"But the founders couldn't have imagined the degree of destruction a modern combat arm is capable of!"

Lord Uxbridge's leg could not be reached for comment.

Megaera

Farnsworth: ( "By God, sir, and you have!") Yes, just so. But modern weaponry aside, how is it possible that they could overlook -- and in quite modern times, relatively speaking -- the massacre in Rwanda of half a million people by fellow civilians (ie, non-professional killers so to speak) wielding mostly machetes and assorted other hand weapons. All very traditional and low-tech. What would you call the level of stupidity that sponsored that statement? Weapons-grade?

Cloudbuster

There needs to be some way for a diligent, would-be citizen to demonstrate his commitment to the republic - a commitment that could possibly include laying down his or her life for it if necessary. Two years federal service ought to do it.

Two years as the servants of the miscreants who run our government? No, I do not think that is appropriate. I prefer the landowner option. I don't care if it takes 20-30 years. Valuable things are worth waiting for.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Grape shot, cannister shot, chain shot, bar shot, shrapnel shot, the stuff mentioned above plus the Puckle gun (63 rounds/minute), revolvers dating back to 1597. Our forefathers were always looking at ways to increase carnage that would make an M4 (carbine, not the tank) blush.

What would you call the level of stupidity that sponsored that statement? Weapons-grade?

Academic grade stupidity.

pst314

Academic grade stupidity.

In a recent interview Victor Davis Hanson remarked (again) that in his experience academics are not very smart.

pst314

VillageIdiotLanch! And David has probably already gone to bed. What to do, what to do? [wrings hands]

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Hi pst314,

Except me. I would rather get savage criticism now, from a friend, than a nice letter later that says “Thank you for submitting your material. We regret that it does not suit our present needs.”

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

The new Mr. Penny has my sympathy. I can’t imagine living with someone who bitched about EVERYTHING.

Squires

Is it even legal to marry a cyborg?

David

Most people are extremely reluctant to “be mean” by speaking painful truths.

As noted a while ago,

The pretence of intellectual heft and critical discernment is quite funny, given the unspoken rules of pretend artists and their pretend art. Like practically all of her fellow hustlers, Ms Schaefer tells us that she “investigates” and “questions” things, and presumably interrogates them; but despite this allegedly relentless curiosity, I doubt that any specific insight or profundity is ever conveyed to her audience, such as it is, via the art, such as it is. And of course, we’re not supposed to notice this, or notice the comical mismatch of arch rhetoric and inept flummery. And so, in order to feign discernment, one has to not discern any number of really obvious things.

You could think of it as a kind of gaslighting. In that, some pretentious, needy inadequate with negligible talent tries to convince an audience of equally pretentious inadequates that the toss on offer should be treated as if it were somehow important, even profound, deeply aesthetic and deserving of applause. As an exercise in bad faith, in mutual dishonesty, it’s quite a thing.

And as a result, I’ve often thought that the audience, its dynamic, is more interesting than the wearying faff that we’re supposed to be enthralled by. There’s an odd social conformity, such that no-one dares say, or visibly acknowledge, “This is obviously dismal shite. Let’s go for a drink instead.”

WTP

Most people are extremely reluctant to “be mean” by speaking painful truths.

And yet some of us muster up the courage to do it anyway. When appropriate. Problem is, it's been way past appropriate going on a year or so now.

I avail myself with relief of the opportunity of speaking to the people of the United States. I do not know how long such liberties will be allowed. The stations of uncensored expression are closing down; the lights are going out; but there is still time for those to whom freedom and parliamentary government mean something, to consult together. Let me, then, speak in truth and earnestness while time remains.

pst314

Hi pst314, Except me...

[walks in door, looks around, sees no depletion of the supply of hump fat, pickled eggs, and Budweiser]

I guess those Village Idiots weren't hungry or thirsty...or did they find the provisions here too up-scale for their taste?

pst314

And yet some of us muster up the courage to do it anyway. When appropriate.

In my experience the most difficult situations were in the workplace. (Do not offend those who pay your salary.) But at least in those cases the aspiring artists did have day jobs.

sH2

"Hatred"

https://twitter.com/AlexaWhiteBee/status/1343846950379073540

pst314

"Hatred"

From that link: "For the record I google searched the image and all I could find was a Reddit thread which said it was 4 Chan propaganda."

Nonetheless, trans activists have indeed said that it is "hate" to refuse to date trans people. So the graphic may be propaganda but the fascistic insanity is real.

Sara without an H

Thank you, Mr. Thompson. This article alone is worth what I just put in your tip jar.

David

This article alone is worth what I just put in your tip jar.

Bless you, madam. May your other half cook brisket as well as my other half does.

Captain Nemo

Just pinged across a small token of appreciation, David. Thanks for being one of my go-to islands of sanity in a vast, storm-tossed sea of derangement.

Steve E

Nonetheless, trans activists have indeed said that it is "hate" to refuse to date trans people.

Then she should quote them. Otherwise she justifies the actions of people like Dan Rather and today's reporters who believe that "fake but accurate" is okay.

fnord

There needs to be some way for a diligent, would-be citizen to demonstrate his commitment to the republic - a commitment that could possibly include laying down his or her life for it if necessary. Two years federal service ought to do it.

Zombie Heinlein smiles.

David

Just pinged across a small token of appreciation, David.

Bless you, sir. May you never be mystified by paper cuts and other tiny injuries.

pst314

Via Instapundit, the Grauniad (the authentic voice of the proletariat) tells us how to make perfect tea sandwiches. What's the point of parody, in the face of such self-parody?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...tells us how to make perfect tea sandwiches.

You mock, but this is groundbreaking stuff - use a bread knife to cut bread, don't use dry bread - mind blown, the rubes would never figure that sort of stuff out.

pst314

You mock, but this is groundbreaking stuff

I stand corrected. :-|

pst314

As black students continue to lag behind whites and Asians
Correction: "lag behind in academic achievement while leaping ahead in criminality." ;-)

Apropos of that, I noticed the following at the Assistant Village Idiot blog:

"The sad truth, to which I have no solution, and neither does Canada in the slightest (see Toronto, for example) is that the African-descended populations have a much higher crime rate, not only in America, but across the world. This is not to say that most of them are criminals..."

There is very little honest discussion of the causes of failure, in large part because honesty is harshly punished by wise, IFLS, tolerant liberals.

Megaera

Eh, Farnsworth does have a point...I think it was when the chap was on about using only the Finest, the Freshest ingredients ("So, no scrag ends for THEIR clientele" thinks I) that I poked up the Spousal Unit and demanded to know if he reckoned that was in fact how British Cuisine had got its world-wide reputation for, well, Bubble and Squeak, Toad in the Hole, Black Pudding, Spotted Dick...and he did, eventually, agree that it must be so. Might have hesitated a bit over haggis, but that's the Scots after all, so he thought it would pass.

Now, the bit about slicing the bread horizontally, well, that was just jam on the tart, so to speak.

pst314

Might have hesitated a bit over haggis

The perfect afternoon tea haggis?

how British Cuisine had got its world-wide reputation for, well, Bubble and Squeak, Toad in the Hole, Black Pudding, Spotted Dick...

Were these dubious foods, along with overcooked vegetables, an urban working class thing? When I read such books as All Creatures Great and Small I got the impression that the food was pretty good.

Pete

There’s an odd social conformity, such that no-one dares say, or visibly acknowledge, “This is obviously dismal shite. Let’s go for a drink instead.”

I wish to subscribe to your art newsletter. :-)

Pete

P.S. Your tip jar has been pinged. Happy new year.

David

Morning, all.

I wish to subscribe to your art newsletter. :-)

Well, aside from the fact that these things are sometimes fascinatingly bad in their shunning of competence and discernible aesthetics, there’s also the assumption that we, the audience, are not supposed to notice this, or at least not object. Apparently, we’re not supposed to have standards or discernment, or indeed probity, and will therefore pretend.

Which explains why so much of this stuff feels faintly insulting.

P.S. Your tip jar has been pinged. Happy new year.

Happy new year. And bless you, sir. May you know the satisfaction of ordering shoes online and discovering on arrival that said items not only look pretty damn good, despite the shockingly discounted price, but also fit perfectly.

[ Admires feet. ]

a different james

Were these dubious foods, along with overcooked vegetables, an urban working class thing? When I read such books as All Creatures Great and Small I got the impression that the food was pretty good.

Black Pudding is just a British/Irish variation on how to eat bits of pig. Almost every country found its own way to eat pig from snout to tail, while turning the more unattractive parts into some kind of delicacy.

Make it with garlic and wear a beret on your head and, if your name is Pierre, it is considered sophisticated.

Make it with white pepper and a flat cloth cap on your head, and if your name is Joseph, it does not have the same air of sophistication

The remainder are ways of using up surplus food, mostly by urban people and not just the poor who could not afford to let food go to waste.

In rural areas, the surplus food usually went to the pigs or chickens.

pst314

"...In rural areas, the surplus food usually went to the pigs or chickens."

But what about fresh vegetables, properly cooked, and salads? Is there a rural/urban divide such as I postulated? As I said, I got the impression from my reading the rural people ate properly cooked vegetables and salads. Or was my impression faulty due to the limited nature of my reading?

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What is it with trans people and Antifa?

https://thepostmillennial.com/trans-antifa-arrested-seattle-police-station-firebombing

pst314

What is it with trans people and Antifa?

I have read that trans people exhibit a far higher rater of all sorts of psychological disorders, including malevolent psychoses.* It is therefore entirely natural that they would be attracted to malevolent ideologies. And of course it is natural that malevolent movements would welcome such people.
* Sorry: I should provide citations but cannot remember where I have read that.

David

What is it with trans people and Antifa?

Antifa appeals to the maladjusted and the psychologically marginal. Not least people with deep reserves of resentment and who want to, as it were, take revenge on the world, or at least on random passers-by and anyone else they can menace and intimidate. That trans people, who have much higher rates of mental health issues, including serious personality disorders, would make up part of that demographic isn’t surprising, I suppose. Though, from what I can tell, the proportion is still remarkably high.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Could Mr. Half please share his brisket-preparation secrets?

Happy New Year!🎊🎆

David

Could Mr. Half please share his brisket-preparation secrets?

I’m not privy to his kitchen secrets, but I’ll enquire.

Elephants Gerald

Cooking with Elephants

Chapter 436 - Brisket

Let the brisket stand & drain until at room temperature.
Push a little butter into the joint roll - or pour in melted butter - the idea being that it will baste the inside of the joint.
Mild garlic butter also works well.
Rub the outside of the joint with salt and black pepper – I mix these together with a little butter and smear this all over the joint.

Preheat the oven to 390F / 200C.
Sear the fat with a blowtorch - I don't think this really achieves anything but it sure looks cool.

Generously grease the baking tray - I prefer lard, but olive or sunflower oil works too.
Slice 2 large onions into 1 cm thick rings and lay these in the baking tray.
Slice 2 large carrots into 1cm thick slices and lay these in the baking tray.
You can also add shalotts, garlic and other veg to taste.

Sit the joint on the onions/carrots and drizzle a generous amount of marmite onto the top of the joint - I also drizzle the vegies.
Put in enough water to just cover the vegetables.

Roast for 20 – 25 minutes at 390F/200C

Remove from oven - turn the oven down to 280F / 140C

I now add hot water and either stock cubes or beef stock to the tray – you want enough liquid to cover the vegetables - maybe 2 cm.
Now wrap the tray in foil creating a good seal.

Cook for 2 hours at 280F / 140C.

Remove and baste with the juices - adding a little hot water or more stock if necessary.

I add potatoes - cut to about 2 inch cubes (slightly larger chunks than if I was making Roast Potatoes)

Wrap in foil and back in the oven.

Cook for another 2 hours - basting again after an hour.

After 2 hours - I make a test cut into the centre of the joint. It should already be very tender, but for joints over 6lbs it may want another 30 mins to an hour.

*****Make sure you let the joint rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving*****
The meat should still be slightly pink – but will fall apart very easily.
The onions, carrots, potatoes and stock should be kept warm until serving.

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