there’s a word for tonight’s KisP fun facts

…[A]fter SNL ran an amusing parody of Schoolhouse Rock to satirize Obama’s order on immigration reform, the Washington Post took it upon themselves to fact check a comedy show. As far as I can tell, this service was not provided after Tina Fey’s line “I can see Russia from my house” helped destroy Palin’s image. And that’s too bad, since Palin never said those words (despite what most Americans might think).

A similar example occurred the other day, when a Friday news dump indicated a trove of 30,000 “lost” emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s had been discovered by the Inspector General. This was from the time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups. The media mostly reported the news with a yawn, only sometimes noting Lerner’s refusal to testify, or to recall just how amazingly coincidental it was that her hard drive just happened to crash in the first place, or previous statements that the emails could not be retrieved and were lost forever, or the absurd notion that a government agency couldn’t logistically retrieve two years worth of “lost” emails.

Now compare that to what happened when Sarah Palin’s emails were released

tonight’s honorary KisPian

A vehicle plowed through a group of demonstrators in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon during a march and rally in the wake of a Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teenager.

A solidarity rally and march for Michael Brown, who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, was planned Tuesday near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct headquarters at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue S.

A Star Tribune reporter who is at the rally says that witnesses say the vehicle started honking at protesters blocking the intersection before running down a woman around the start of the rally at 4:30 p.m.

In video from KSTP’s Chopper 5, the involved vehicle goes around another stopped car and into the crowd as other vehicles go around the crowd. People appear to get on the hood of the car as it pushes its way through the crowd and it hits and appears to run over the legs of a demonstrator.

In video captured by Star Tribune videographer Mark Vancleave, what appears to be a dark-colored Subaru Outback is seen driving with a few people clinging to its hood as it pushes and then apparently runs over a victim’s leg. Protesters rush the vehicle with some people hitting its windows and windshield before it takes off…


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“John Adams just rose from the dead and killed himself”

Angela Folasade @_ethereallush:

everyone condemning the looters in Ferguson, where was your condemnation in American History when you learned about the Boston Tea Party?


I can’t stands it nomore


Yummy, yummy fooods. Fambly. Pals. Loved ones. Lotsa dogs. Now yer talkin!

Turkey: the white paste of foods. So, for me, it’s all about the sides [no turkey!] all about the sides, about the sides [no turkey!]

Gotta do the mashies ’n’ gravy [MiL’s fave] and the Candied Yams [Teh Mister’s fave] — the kind with chunks of yams, waaaaaay too much brown sugar and butter — no marshmallows *shudder*.

Then I’m free to play.

This year I’m planning to do The Onions Gratan:

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2 medium yellow onions, cored and quartered lengthwise
¼ cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup dry white wine
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

6 oz. Gorgonzola, crumbled


1. Heat oven to 350°. Toss onions with oil in a 9″ × 11″ baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned, about 1 hour; set aside. Heat oven to broil.

2. Heat butter in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; add flour, and cook, stirring, until smooth, about 1 minute. Add cream and wine, and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season sauce with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

3. Pour sauce evenly over onions. Dot with Gorgonzola, and sprinkle with paprika; broil until cheese is melted and golden brown on top, about 2 minutes.

And Spinach Pie

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1 teaspoon butter
1 cup diced sweet onion
1/4 lb bacon [not pepper]
1 pound fresh spinach, large stems removed and coarsely chopped [20 oz nuked from frozen and shove/drained in collender]
1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
1 juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
4 eggs

8 ounces [coupla handfuls] Mozerella cheese, divided use
other cheese to grate on top — [used caramelized english cheddar]

1 unbaked prepared 9-inch pie shell

Gently saute sweet onions with the bacon in a large, deep skillet until translucent.

Warm & Drain frozen spinach. [and by “drain” I mean shove it against the sides of a colander until it is dry, dry, dry.]

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Beat cream cheese with milk, lemon juice, salt, onion powder, pepper, and nutmeg.

Add eggs, beating until combined. Stir in drained spinach and onions & bacon and coupla handfuls shredded Mozerella.

Pour into prepared pie shell
and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until center is set.

Sprinkle other cheese evenly over the top. Return to the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes, until cheese melts.

Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting. This savory pie is good warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 6 to 8 slices

And an Apple Pie, Punkin Pie. Maaaaybe a cheesecake…

Plus assorted dips and cheeses and … Hey — there are NO Nuts available this year.

Srsly. Usually there are bins and bins of nuts out for T’giving thru Xmas and into the Spring. This year — nuttin. Also, I had to hunt for the canned punkin [yeah yeah yeah - lazee. biteme] and the canned milk. WTH?!?

The Voice of Reason Against The Howling Mob

making my arse tired

If you haven’t seen St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s statement, I would recommend it. HuffPopo called it “rambling” but I think they *cough* missed the nuances of a strong, focused prosecutor who had the Fedz descend upon him, follow around all the investigators, getting in the way, riling the locals, and leaking various bits of evidence to the rabble rousers media.

I think this is the whole thing:

OR *clicky*clicky*

Interesting choice to release the decision at night… I might have chosen to wait until 6am. But maybe giving them one night did curtail the process.

Is this what we have to expect every time … this sort of thing happens?

Will those who don’t follow Teh Nooz [because RL] be traumatized by what appears to be random riots? Burning down of Little Cesars’, grabbing of booze from the bodegas, heisting of TVs from windows, …

“Protests” in all the Big Cities around the US? My, one would think something in a ‘burb of a fly-over town [sarkmark] wouldn’t bother the superior urban types… But for the influence of ANSWER — who puts their website on the bottom of their signs. [FYI: International ANSWER (an acronym for "Act Now to Stop War and End Racism") is run by Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, which is staffed by members of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party (WWP). Just for knowing.]

Here’s what it looked like in Fergeson:

Here’s what it looked like in Oakland CA:

Someone must’ve delivered the Starbux cuz later:

Yep. Running up on the freeway, amongst the cars, setting fires and making a mess. Apparently the drivers had the sense to act supportive of the rioters… Or California.

they pelted him with rocks and garbage*

…Monday night while covering the Ferguson riots MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was forced off air because he had to run for cover from gun shots ringing out behind him…


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thanks Obama!

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We now have an animal cam:


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Back to the ’50s

Wellp …
reckon this is what I’d call a pretty good start

Police in Kelheim said on Friday they had arrested a man who hoarded guns, ammunition and bomb-making material in a nuclear-proof family bunker he built fearing an attack by Russia. The 59-year-old electrician had constructed the emergency shelter by expanding and reinforcing the basement of his family home in the small town near Regensburg in Bavaria.

Police said they had confiscated two submachine guns, 80 rifles, 60 handguns, 20,000 rounds of ammunition and 40 kilogrammes of materials to make explosives. “He was afraid of the threat posed by a large eastern European power. He was afraid of Russia,” a police spokesman said. ”We don’t know when he started construction. He did it all by himself.” The man had also stored food supplies and built underground air filtration and water treatment systems.

There is no evidence he is mentally ill or has extremist political views, police said, adding that the man was arrested on illegal weapons and explosives charges.

Police said they took three days to enter and explore the extensive survival shelter and weapons arsenal, using power tools to crack through the walls. [story]

Unfortunately, the article doesn’t include any blueprints.



Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down

“He wasn’t up to the job,” said one administration official, speaking, natch, on the condition of anonymity.

Well…. That oughta fix this

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Get Used to Endless War

The US president has approved a plan that could see US troops resume combat operations against the Taliban, White House sources say. Previously, troops staying in Afghanistan were to limit their focus to al Qaeda.

oh… wait…


If Obama Had a Crazy Uncle

Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry has died at age 78. No doubt the Lamestreams will be filled to the gills with testimonials for his Civil Rights crusading. Or something.


The following most likely won’t be included in the strolls down memory lane.


At the time, Watts-Brighthaupt was working on Barry’s ultimately successful re-election campaign and traveled to the Barack Obama-crowning affair. For reasons that remain murky, she ended up assigned to the councilmember’s hotel room in the Crowne Plaza hotel. Once behind closed doors, Barry allegedly asked Watts-Brighthaupt to perform oral sex on him. She refused, whereupon Barry threw her clothes out of the room and barred her from coming back in. She slept in the hotel’s parking garage, in a Cadillac Barry had rented.

~story~ (NSFW)