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Posts by Aliska

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    07/06/2016 1:13:02 PM PDT · 123 of 124
    Aliska to Mollypitcher1

    I never supported Cruz. If you are going to trash people maybe you should take the time to find out where they are coming from. And I will get out of the kitchen because of nasty people like you.


    07/05/2016 10:49:03 AM PDT · 121 of 124
    Aliska to Mollypitcher1; Teacher317; cherry; Jim Robinson
    I don't need this kind of treatment by Mollypitcher1. And neither does Teacher317 or cherry.

    She/he is calling people out with no chance to explain what they meant or context or any trace of civility and then turns around and acts like she is accusing others of being.

    I don't need this kind of crap. I have never complained to Jim in all my years here, and I don't expect everyone to agree with me, but there should be some limits as to name calling other FReepers.

  • FBI Thread

    07/05/2016 9:16:14 AM PDT · 152 of 172
    Aliska to VRWCarea51

    Also, she told the judge and signed in writing that she had turned over all work-related emails when she hadn’t. I thought that was called perjury. See, the charges that could have been/should have been keep adding up.

  • FBI Thread

    07/05/2016 9:12:07 AM PDT · 151 of 172
    Aliska to VRWCarea51
    Also destruction of evidence. Huma testified that some daily schedules were put in the burn bag.

    Note that Comey only zeroed in on classified. There was so much more going on. Why? I guess nobody knows the answer to that. Yet anyway.

    Meanwhile libs are enjoying rw heads exploding, popping.

  • FBI Thread

    07/05/2016 8:46:54 AM PDT · 147 of 172
    Aliska to VRWCarea51
    Exactly. It's so obvious. And I wasn't one clamoring for her to go to prison, but the way she handled classified information which was UNPRECEDENTED should automatically disqualify her for office.

    There are other legal cases pending. The judge can still order the Clinton Foundation emails released if he has the balls (may be a she).

    There is going to be fallout from this for a long time to come. Even if she is elected to the position she has long coveted, it isn't going to go well for her. Actions do have consequences.

    There is still recourse to prayer for divine justice. I don't mean striking people dead or other horrendous things, just bar corrupt people from holding and prospering in public office. Maybe there wouldn't be anybody left to run it's that bad.

    The liberals are licking their chops over the 2 Trump lawsuits.

  • FBI Thread

    07/05/2016 8:15:45 AM PDT · 89 of 172
    Aliska to Mears

    She skates. No intent. No charges.

  • Wrong, Thom Hartmann, the Wealthy Are Not Exempt From Social Security Taxes

    07/05/2016 8:03:14 AM PDT · 43 of 48
    Aliska to Gaffer
    True. I was trying to think of how one would have substantial wealth or even a comfortable living all their lives on unearned income.

    I don't know if other forms of rental income, say invest in some kind of housing, would be considered unearned income. Maybe I should look it up.

    I am not what I would call wealthy and it makes a huge difference of what kinds of income I'm taxed on. Some of that is unearned income which I pay income tax on but not SS or Medicare.

    And I had some fun trading stocks a couple years back and all of what I made was taxed as short-term cap gains ordinary income. It had a negative impact on the rest of my tax situation, so it had a dampening effect unless I make huge amounts which I wasn't good enough at it to do. IOW it wasn't worth the hassle for no more than what I made.

  • Wrong, Thom Hartmann, the Wealthy Are Not Exempt From Social Security Taxes

    07/05/2016 7:38:27 AM PDT · 41 of 48
    Aliska to Gaffer
    If it was earned income, you are right. But some parlay unearned income gains into more tax-exampt gains and never pay social security or Medicare tax on it.

    That isn't true across the board. A lot of wealthy did start out working for wages or were subject to SS and Medicare.

    And some wealthy like Kerry, I assume but am not sure, have to pay SS and Medicare taxes on salary in their government job up to the annual limit.

  • Wrong, Thom Hartmann, the Wealthy Are Not Exempt From Social Security Taxes

    07/05/2016 7:31:31 AM PDT · 40 of 48
    Aliska to GailA
    The ones you mentioned pay through the nose. I don't know about military, but the Federal Government phased in social security in about the 70's or so. People who started under the old system could opt out of SS but not Medicare.

    But businesses and employees pay a share each, thought it was half. Think of people like farmers who file Schedule F have to pay the whole load in self-employment taxes every single year. And they don't usually retire so, theoretically at least, pay almost their entire working lives.

    I guess what seems really unfair to me is that the lowest paid people in the country pay SS and Medicare at the same rate as the wealthy and it is proportional to income, but it's still a pretty big bite. Some qualify for the full range of government benefits though which can leave them better off than some middle class families.

  • Wrong, Thom Hartmann, the Wealthy Are Not Exempt From Social Security Taxes

    07/05/2016 7:14:38 AM PDT · 38 of 48
    Aliska to freedomfiter2

    I didn’t take that into consideration. So true.

  • Wrong, Thom Hartmann, the Wealthy Are Not Exempt From Social Security Taxes

    07/05/2016 7:13:56 AM PDT · 37 of 48
    Aliska to Gaffer

    The ones I mentioned aren’t deferred but exempt altogether. I don’t know what percentage overall of tax-payers that would be.

  • Wrong, Thom Hartmann, the Wealthy Are Not Exempt From Social Security Taxes

    07/04/2016 8:03:32 PM PDT · 5 of 48
    Aliska to Kaslin
    Interest, dividends and capital gains are not subject to social security tax. Neither are certain forms of unearned income. Businesses, farmers, fisherman and others are supposed to pay self-employment SS taxes. All up to the limit, of course.

    So, in a sense, many of the wealthy do not have to pay social security taxes. I don't know if all rental income is exempt or just certain forms of it.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Rock Island Arsenal Garrison, Illinois ~ 05 JULY 2016

    07/04/2016 6:39:15 PM PDT · 14 of 75
    Aliska to laurenmarlowe
    Worked there for many years, third generation actually. Picturesque place, too. Has a golf course (never played it) annnnd a nice bike path. And tank course you could do a dippy dip on.

    Great cafeteria, actually an officer's club, really good food. Or was, last time I was there I took photos of stuff you can't do now and it was already restricted at that point.

    Neighbors buried there. My dad never wanted to for some reason. Access highly restricted now. I got interested in the confederate prison that was there, very sad history. A few actually escaped but most were caught again if they made it across either river (It's bound by the Mississippi on one side and a channel on the other.

    Colonel Davenport House is there, Davenport named after him. Nice guy. Impregnated his step-daughter. Was murdered, never caught the killers.

    A fun fact about the Arsenal is when I was little, my Dad who worked at the "Clock Tower" (Corps of Engineers) on one end of the island loved to take Sunday drives on the place. At the gate we were asked if we had all I can remember cameras, none allowed.

    Anyway on the drive, there were beautiful oak trees and many black squirrels scampering around. There were no black squirrels on either side of the river. They eventually got over a road or trestle and are ubiquitous now. I feed one, Zoey who came when I called her. Haven't seen her for awhile now.

    The beautiful red squirrels (really golden thick tails and some their bellies, pretty brown fur, haven't seen any for years now).. All I have seen lately are grayish ones. The black ones are smaller.

    Those are some highlights I didn't see in the posted write-up..

  • Hacked Emails Reveal NATO General Plotting Against Obama on Russia Policy

    07/04/2016 5:09:26 PM PDT · 35 of 35
    Aliska to Fraxinus
    You have made valid points. We can't be so stupid from past conflicts that we don't know better than to not make threats (or red lines) we aren't intending to carry out. Don't do it in the first place.

    Obama doesn't want to stay away from Syria. He and Hillary have a political investment in it.

    Obama shouldn't have interfered in the Ukraine; let them sort it out for themselves. I still think we meddled by helping oust the prime minister and letting a puppet get elected.

    Iraq, Obama really screwed the pooch with that one. Anybody with half a brain and little knowledge of military tactics could see that one coming with the pre-mature pullout even if their figurehead president or whatever wanted us out. And Russia didn't hassle us over it to my knowledge in a huge manner anyway.

    Obama's first rule of thumb is if GWB did it, he is going to do the opposite. There's a name for it. Opposition defiance. Opposition stupid ignorant political posturing has put a lot more people in jeopardy, including our own, than GWB ever did. And I think most of us agree that Iraq was a mistake but not necessarily the WMD a total lie.

    So, yes, you have it right mostly as I see it. How far are we going to go for more mistakes though?

  • Hacked Emails Reveal NATO General Plotting Against Obama on Russia Policy

    07/04/2016 4:56:39 PM PDT · 34 of 35
    Aliska to 1rudeboy
    OK, and you are right about the buffer zones. I watch quite a few yt videos on Russia, apolitical stuff. Not exactly the way I want to live but so pictueresque in places. People living in so much of it are already prepared to survive for long periods, stacking up firewood, growing their own food, hunting, fishing. Last night was watching several on the Ukraine, probably not areas where there has been strife and killing or bad plane takedowns.

    Poland is the one we should honor the most because they have been so loyal to us. Russia still wants a warm-water port. And they have made some serious moves in the arctic. That could come to no good. Maybe sooner rather than later. It is like they are pushing the envelope.

    Now a moon mission I think I heard, a colony on the back side of it? Maybe a little far-fetched. Can't imagine Russians willing to give up their vodka. Maybe they will take enough with. Maybe the amount of alcoholism is seriously overrated, but I know they have serious drug problems.

  • Hacked Emails Reveal NATO General Plotting Against Obama on Russia Policy

    07/04/2016 4:36:51 PM PDT · 31 of 35
    Aliska to 1rudeboy

    Russia has already pushed toward NATO. In Turkey, which is why our planes are getting buzzed, because of our schizoid stance on Syria, and because they can. Turkey doesn’t fit with NATO; we already haven’t totally honored our agreement with them. Erdogan is not our friend.

  • Hacked Emails Reveal NATO General Plotting Against Obama on Russia Policy

    07/04/2016 3:59:31 PM PDT · 27 of 35
    Aliska to lodi90
    I don't want Obama but I don't want any hawkish generals or Congress pushing Russia for no good reason. I hope you don't want to tangle with Russia. We already have too much on our plate.

    And maybe we could have worked out some kind of partnership with Russia instead of encroaching so close to their turf with NATO. Trump is right about NATO. Outlived its usefulness or original intention.

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/04/2016 3:52:49 PM PDT · 130 of 133
    Aliska to Liz
    Thank you for the idea. I have an older one, made in Italy, but the way the blades attach, they get loose and slip off. So all I use that combo for now is it had a nice little spice grinder.

    Looked it up. It's not an imersion one like I pictured and like I have. It's a mini-blender. Just the right size and looks much easier to wash up.

    I'll have to wait awhile though. I've spent a lot lately. Too much. Need to put some $ into groceries. I can only get certain things from Walmart and if I went to their store, they won't have all the items to choose from they have online.

  • Hacked Emails Reveal NATO General Plotting Against Obama on Russia Policy

    07/04/2016 2:42:08 PM PDT · 5 of 35
    Aliska to Fractal Trader
    Nice our generals are pushing for an aggressive posture whatever that means toward Russia. As much as I don't like Obama, I am glad he is holding the line on this one. Except he is sneakily still supporting the Syrian rebels I'll wager.

    We could wrap up Syria in a hurry if we cooperated with Russia and leave Assad in place. I'm not sure how significant the rebel forces were against him during the so-called Arab Spring. Obviously we have made it much worse IMO.

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/04/2016 2:18:35 PM PDT · 128 of 133
    Aliska to Liz

    That looks really good. Maybe I will try it but I don’t have a blender. So I guess I can’t try it unless my food processor will work. Watermelon flavor is so refreshing.

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/04/2016 2:16:52 PM PDT · 127 of 133
    Aliska to PUGACHEV
    Thank you for the great tips about rice. I saved them. However I am NOT going to buy a rice cooker although those probably put it out perfectly and like Chinese restaurants, sounds like using less water and steaming.

    It's good to know there is a smaller grain of Basmati. I would like to try some of that. Maybe should wait until I use up what I have. Walmart doesn't have either one you mentioned. I've never used saffron anything, never missed it ;-(

    Actually I never really liked rice all that much Only with Chinese on top of it. Or my special rice pudding I adapted over the years, very yummy and creamy. If I have a choice of putting like stroganoff over something, I will choose noodles every time.

    I think that is because I am basically a meat and potato person. But I just like this Mexican rice. My packets of Knorr mi arroz came. A little beat up. So I could go ahead and try it with some medium grain I have or wait for my Basmati.

    So many neat ideas for culinary experts. Nice to see Freepers who like haute cuisine.

    Now next on my list is a peach dump cake. Only because I don't have much left to cook with and have stuff on hand that will work. I saw one with instead of all that butter (too much imo) pour a can of 7-up over the top. Well I happen to have a bottle of club soda and some maraschino cherry juice, a can of peach pie filling, some regular sliced peaches, and a nice yellow cake mix. So that is what I am going to do. Put a little nonstick something in glass cake pan, pile in the peaches, spread the cake mix over the top, smooth out and gently mix the cherry juice and enough soda to make 12 oz, pour that over the top, bake at 3xx something (oven if a little off) and see what happens.

    But I will need some vanilla ice cream and the biggest Hershey's syrup to finish up the club soda. I make the old fashioned chocolate sodas. Yum. I also make the thick malts if I have malt powder. I mash the ice cream with a spoon, and the malt and syrup and it comes out exactly like those thick malts you can get some places. So I am good at improvising some things.

    The only problem is I am very picky about vanilla ice cream. It can't be French. It can be cheap, just has to suit me. I only like Whitey's, Blue Bunny, Countryfare which was a great bargain only looks like it's been dropped. It was cheap and good. Now I will have to try other cheaper brands because the first two are too expensive.

  • ABC: Even Hillary Clintonís Own Supporters Donít Trust Her

    07/03/2016 8:29:40 AM PDT · 27 of 64
    Aliska to Seaplaner
    No, and of greater concern is that she would go to new levels of deceitfulness if she manages to get herself elected. She learns from her mistakes and doubles down on the same kinds of behavior that caused her trouble in the first place.

    Her governing style would anything but transparent. She couldn't be trusted about anything.


    07/03/2016 8:14:03 AM PDT · 99 of 124
    Aliska to Mollypitcher1

    What is your problem? I certainly am no man hater, just certain ones. I have just as right to my opinion as you do. Now leave me the hell alone.


    07/03/2016 8:10:35 AM PDT · 98 of 124
    Aliska to jsanders2001
    Isn't he the one they transplanted to Illinois to face off with Obama? No matter how highly qualified, so many sound like retreads. I had West confused with Keyes. West has very impressive credentials, sounds like a good complement for Trump. Very nice appearance, too. Vice Presidential.

    Never Newt. Please no. I just don't like him and cringe at his voice when he comes on Sean's show. He's like an attention hog to boot.


    07/03/2016 12:22:15 AM PDT · 7 of 124
    Aliska to cherry

    I couldn’t agree more. Two old white men will not cut it. Even against two old shrieking women. Which probably won’t happen on the Dem side if they know what is good for them.

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/02/2016 10:32:24 PM PDT · 122 of 133
    Aliska to PUGACHEV
    Re your #66 and #67. I bit the bullet and ordered a box of Mi Arroz at Amazon. Reviews say it is salty so I will use half a package as I think lighter would be closer to what I get at the Mexican food place.

    I have some Basmati rice coming, eager to try it.

    Regarding your bean recipe, I can take some ideas from it but I found a Chef John recipe on yt for Creole red beans and rice. It's not loaded with spices but too much hot for me. But I got some Mayocoba beans to try and will use those, make the creamy version and top with some Basmati rice which I hope is fluffy and packed into a little ramekin then dumped on top. Actually my ramekins are either too small or too big. I'll have to figure something out.

    Then Chef John topped it all with some finely chopped green onion tops I think. It looks soooooo good. And rice and beans never appealed to me but may become a staple in my diet.

    Thanks for all the suggestions and help. I am shocked that the big grocery store doesn't have any smoked ham hocks so I will have to go to the butcher's or another store for one to go with Andouille sausage I will need for the Creole beans.

    Happy 4th of July!

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/02/2016 10:22:22 PM PDT · 121 of 133
    Aliska to disndat
    Re your #62, I don't know if I answered or not and get behind, then have to really hunt in my pings.

    I love fish but never got lucky enough to have any given to me, just once. It's so expensive to buy though. I was hungry for some catfish. Sometimes I just bake it in some butter, easy on some spices, and squeeze lemon juice on it.

    Years ago a girl at work gave me some smoked sturgeon her husband caught and smoked. Best I ever had.

    I'm going to grind my fennel. I don't use enough to buy in bulk. I bought some taco seasoning in bulk and is so much I'll never use it. I was hoping it was what my fav taco place used but no, far from it. I'll probably throw the stuff out.

    Catalina doesn't sound very good on a taco. I'm getting a pkg of McCormick's though even though I made a mix that would be too old now. I usually don't use a whole package.

  • From April 12, 2016 - Probation for President Hillary Clinton? Here's How it Would Work

    07/02/2016 9:02:04 PM PDT · 11 of 21
    Aliska to Talisker

    Totally. She’s disqualified for holding public office based on mishandling of classified information just for starters.

  • Trump's Sources: No Hillary Indictment

    07/02/2016 4:00:50 PM PDT · 143 of 287
    Aliska to ryderann
    Now that you have said the dread two words, I did read something about it. It was on an estate he owned. Oh (profane use of a holy word) the (another profane word) has a daughter! Soros' daughter's Astor house.

    The photo is at the, don't want to embed it. - EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton pictured with Jeffrey Epstein's social fixer at Chelsea's wedding AFTER severing links with disgraced pedophile Read more:

    Sorry I garbled the word procurer in my last post so badly. And I wouldn't know from the photo who that woman was. Ghislaine Maxwell, friend of Bill. So he has one degree of separation from Epstein (if he indeed dissociated himself from Epstein.

  • Trump's Sources: No Hillary Indictment

    07/02/2016 3:32:49 PM PDT · 104 of 287
    Aliska to jazminerose
    I said they can't get him meaning no proof at Mar whatever it is resort in FL, Epstein's plane, or the Virgin Islands. But they could have associated in NY on some level. That's what I meant.

    Here we had Epstein's once-mistress and procurerer of underage girls as a guest at Chelsea's wedding. There is a photo of it somewhere with Bill in it.

    Even the Queen of England got dragged in the muck. And some of it was true because Andy was friends with Epstein and had him as a guest at some royal events.

  • Trump's Sources: No Hillary Indictment

    07/02/2016 3:26:48 PM PDT · 92 of 287
    Aliska to Ray76
    It said essentially the same things in the Daily Beast article I read.

    There's no way I can know for sure who is telling the truth about it. It's all too slimy. I don't want to think or write about it and shouldn't have brought it up.

    The bottom line for me and I am sticking to it is that Trump and Bill and Hillary and Epstein all knew about these underage sex kids and there is nothing on record of any one of them ever speaking out about it or lifting a finger to rescue any of the underage victims. Obama either. Or anyone I ever heard of in the government.

    I hate them all. I did put a little money where my mouth is years ago about this very matter. Not nearly enough. Money doesn't really solve these kinds of problems. It takes a moral renaissance for want of a better word. I don't see it happening.

  • Trump's Sources: No Hillary Indictment

    07/02/2016 3:06:17 PM PDT · 63 of 287
    Aliska to Ray76

    That was quick. A vacant lot? That is crazy, but might work in NY or a lot of other places.

  • Trump's Sources: No Hillary Indictment

    07/02/2016 3:01:29 PM PDT · 51 of 287
    Aliska to proust
    Trump has rape charges against him in civil court in New York. It's the same woman who charged him in CA only charges were dismissed on a atechnicality. The alleged victim has a witness. Says it happened in Epstein's mansion in NY.

    They can't get him in FL and can't get him on the plane and can't get him on the island so this might shut him up.

    Sources are Daily Beast, HuffPo and others.

    It's how the system works. It's rigged whether you are innocent or guilty.

  • Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch just made Hillaryís email problems even worse

    07/01/2016 7:33:42 PM PDT · 18 of 157
    Aliska to GilGil

    Another article more prominent on page one of WAPO editorialized that it is time to wrap the investigation up.

  • Clinton sought secret info on EU bailout plans as son-in-law's doomed hedge fund gambled on Greece

    07/01/2016 7:27:18 PM PDT · 42 of 43
    Aliska to DAC21

    But his district was stupid enough to elect his wife to the House. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (think she dropped the Mezvinsky). She ran and won. In 2013 or 14 she wanted the seat back possibly w/Mark and Chelsea’s help. Didn’t happen.

  • Did you hear about the disbarred lawyer who met with the Attorney General of the United States?

    07/01/2016 9:20:44 AM PDT · 56 of 56
    Aliska to Ann Archy
    Any which way it is damning. I can't figure out which plane it was. Lynch has an out by referring to it as "the plane". Stories are using Lynch's government plane and Lynch's private plane interchangeably.

    So I don't know if anybody knows with certainty at this point.

  • Did you hear about the disbarred lawyer who met with the Attorney General of the United States?

    06/30/2016 7:20:33 PM PDT · 28 of 56
    Aliska to The Antiyuppie
    True, but they can't agree if it was a different plane or Lynch's "government" plane whatever that means. Most seem to go with Lynch's plane. I don't think Bill was meant to be seen. He was and the cat was out of the bag.

    I guess it doesn't matter which plane at this point as they are owning up to the meeting.

    It's a lotta smoke and some fire; it will all blow over in another news cycle or two. They will make some diversionary news if they have to.

  • Did you hear about the disbarred lawyer who met with the Attorney General of the United States?

    06/30/2016 7:16:20 PM PDT · 24 of 56
    Aliska to Two Kids' Dad
    Somewhere I saw the idea (I have very few original ideas lol) that she would have an out if she recuses herseslf and they go for a private investigator. But then that would go the way of Ken Starr.

    It is egregious, I agree. If we ever get anybody responsible again, it may be too late to take out the trash. I hope not.

    They are floating balloons all over the place. Latest is more dems than not would like to see Obama serve a 3rd term.

  • Did you hear about the disbarred lawyer who met with the Attorney General of the United States?

    06/30/2016 6:46:27 PM PDT · 9 of 56
    Aliska to affan76

    Salon has a good article about it. People on both sides agree that it was wrong. Even David Axelrod.

  • Indiana's Mike Pence 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

    06/30/2016 3:25:59 PM PDT · 3 of 22
    Aliska to orchestra

    Nope - he endorsed Cruz.

  • Out-of-Control Amanpour Badgers Pro-Brexit Official; He Pushes Back

    06/30/2016 12:20:39 PM PDT · 17 of 34
    Aliska to Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    Kerry was asked (I was half asleep when I heard it on the radio) and replied that there could be several ways to back out of [the vote to exit the EU by Britain].

    Why does Amanpour have her panties all in a wad over it anyway? Reporters shouldn't get so emotional.


    06/29/2016 10:56:00 PM PDT · 86 of 87
    Aliska to greeneyes
    Hate to pay a plumber again after just having major work done to my bathtub which didn't particularly get the water running better like it used to, kind of upset about it. Maybe I should look for something else although it could kill me to walk away from the home I have loved and holds so many memories.

    I got these a couple years ago. They have to be put on something with a tight fit so they won't slip off from motion. It's the only way I dare walk on the ice in the alley to take my garbage out.

    You even have to be careful on those, too, because they can catch in cracks.

    Stabilicers at Amazon - I got the blue ones

    I would have to take them off to walk in the store and they aren't much fun to drive with in a stick shift. I usually carry easy shoes to swap while I'm in anywhere.

    I'm less steady on my feet since I got them so I don't know. Sudden changes or bumps just regular walking or slight slopes can throw me off balance.

    Do you have to fend for yourself pretty much like I do?

    Should get to bed but I'm not sleepy.


    06/29/2016 8:29:58 PM PDT · 84 of 87
    Aliska to greeneyes
    Maybe I could buy part F in December and get some PT. I sit too much and have gone downhill very fast for what an active person I was. My right knee started hurting when I was biking which was pretty far back now. I couldn't handle hills and the heat any more.

    I have a plastic arm chair in the kitchen so I can sit part of the time, works great for me now. Also a little wooden bookstand for a small work table I can move around easily. I can get around the upper level of the house pretty well still. It's the darn steps. I'm afraid to go down to the basement, and doing laundry is now not feasible with my machines down there.

    My shovel works so well except I've gotten a little afraid to even go down 2 steps at the end of the front walk without something firmer to hold onto. You were smart to hang onto the walker. I'm not ready to get one quite yet. But I don't dare walk too far for fear I can't get back to house or car. I hate this getting old. Never expected to live to this point, frankly, so never was psychologically prepared for what I am going through now.

    I think I will get a new keyboard and try to move on as best I can. I want one that will interface with my computer. It would give me something to look forward to since I can't garden any more or even do much cooking which I loved to do. And I haven't lost any weight in particular either from all the sweets I'm not eating :-(

  • Is Elizabeth Warren Native American or What?

    06/29/2016 6:25:13 PM PDT · 13 of 89
    Aliska to bryan999
    No, she is not but doesn't want to admit it publicly. She "self-identified" as a Native American in the past. Now she is saying she believes her family. Bunch of BS.

    Technically all of us who were born here are Native Americans but I don't "self-identify" as that in the context in which Warran is lying about.

    There's no way to prove or disprove what she is saying now other than to compare it with the past which the left doesn't give a hoot aobut. Make that whoop.

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/29/2016 6:15:50 PM PDT · 57 of 133
    Aliska to disndat
    Tomato and chicken bullion is something else I don't have. I will have to use my canned chicken broth or better than bullion chicken and watch the salt. Thank you for answering that question.

    Maybe I can combine ideas and get something I like. It can't have any chunks of stuff in it like onion, has to be ground fine if used or maybe I dare to use quality onion powder.

    I can't justify the expense and storage of a grinder but still want my own custom burger mix (which you have to watch iron, I don't eat much red meat any more). Thanks for confirming I'm on the right track with my sausage. I'm not sure of the other ingredients other than the pepper you mention so I can start with just a tiny bit.

    I got some chicken and then didn't want it, hate to waste stuff. Haven't had any good pork in ages. Fish I crave and Long John Silver's which is pretty greasy. Love the hush puppies. I don't like to deep fat fry at home because it greases up the kitchen.

    But I got a pack of that masa and need to make my fry bread for puffy tacos San Antonio style. I never liked any taco meat I made, how to spice it right.

    I do have in my cart waiting to checkout some of that frozen cilantro. I never have any and waste fresh. Love the flavor. It comes in lots of little cubes. Can't wait to try it for some guacamole which I never made before either.

    Chef John cut his fennel seeds in about half. Do you buy ground fennel or cut it up a little? I'm not sure if those sharp seeds would be too good for my lower digestive tract.

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/29/2016 5:37:49 PM PDT · 47 of 133
    Aliska to disndat; PUGACHEV
    Can you ask her which Knorr's please? My local store where I can order online has several for pasta that look like PUGACHEV's link so I would have to know exactly what it says on the package.

    Yeah, most people like chili hotter than I like although I have found that as I age, I am ordering hot sauce now instead of medium or mild as I used to.

    Chicken and tomatoes combo never appealed to me except in an Italian restaurant ;-). Would it be ground meat or chunky? Some people make chili with beef chunks. I guess I like the ground beef. I don't like any meat that comes in those rolls, don't trust the process, they call that kind of packaging "chubs" in my online local grocery. I would buy it specially ground at the meat counter if I am going to use ground chicken or turkey. Or beef. Or pork.

    I notice my favorite taco place and now the Mexican restaurant down the hill a ways their meat cooks up real fine like that pink slime. But I am used to it in their cooking. I got some ground beef at Walmart once and it cooked up real fine like that.

    I mean if I had what PUGACHEV suggested I could add just a little of a packet of tomato stuff, seal it up and it should keep well for awhile. If this rice works for me, I would make it often along with refried beans or not.

    A great tip I got from Chef John is to cut up a little fennel and put it in ground pork. Maybe a pinch or two of sage. But fennel seems to be the secret. I mean to try it as I can never ever find that special flavor in sausage. Nearest is MacD's which uses beef now or my old tried and true pizza place across town a ways.

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/29/2016 5:24:50 PM PDT · 42 of 133
    Aliska to PUGACHEV
    Thanks, that is a great tip. Walmart only has it in store if ours has it at all. It says another town in their online search. My local regular store doesn't have it. Mexican grocery stores too iffy around here.

    Amazon has a four pack for 7 something. Is that too much? I'm working on an order. I don't think I would like peas in it and would try my spice grinder to chop up the rice just to see.

    Then everything should work with your tip. No tomatoes at all? I guess not. I saved your instructions. Thank you very much!

    Yes, I have taken a liking to Cayenne but has to be just the right amount.

  • Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix

    06/29/2016 4:42:02 PM PDT · 7 of 38
    Aliska to TigerClaws
    I was wondering about that today. How many of the guns our government "distributes" end up in terrorist attacks. Like this latest one, I'd like to know the source of the gun. It's not rocket science how they got it in.

    That's upsetting one of our guns was sold and ultimately got in the hands of terrorists in the Paris massacre but it's not surprising.

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/29/2016 4:37:15 PM PDT · 31 of 133
    Aliska to SkyDancer

    A good crockpot will do almost as good a job but I sure like the oven method. Some things like casseroles I cook the regular way but they often taste better reheated the next day. I don’t remember anybody in the family cooking that way. Now I like my chuck roasts and tougher cuts better than my mom’s or grandmother’s, but I didn’t get onto it until I was retired.


    06/29/2016 4:32:48 PM PDT · 82 of 87
    Aliska to greeneyes
    I didn't mean to overwhelm you with too much to read. I can barely still trim my toenails but dread doing it because I have a fungus one or two and have to use those heavy-duty clippers I got at Walgreens, otherwise regular toenail clippers.

    I should do physical therapy but don't see how it would overcome the pain plus each session would be over $40 co-pay.

    Going down steps is the hardest especially if steep. I have taken to using a plastic snow shovel which looks ridiculous but helps more than I think a cane with "feet" would and less clumsy than a walker. And I saw a nice walker on sale, with a seat and arms which I need for leverage. But heavy to fold up and put in car or drag up staps.

    I need rails everywhere though unless level and good surface. And I can do my back stairs much better which aren't so steep. Godsend that I had rails and new steps poured in about 2005.

    REM I go to bed and take my meds too late. The meds seem to make my REM start when I should be getting up like a normal person. So I sleep until 12 noon or 2 even.