To Cook Or Not To Cook This Weekend

There is much to say about the Congresscritter Shitt show and more. The relentless focus on Orange Man Bad is ignoring a lot of important news, especially from overseas. That said, I’m not getting into it today. I want to get through the day and relax a bit. Not sure if I will cook this weekend or not, but until then, enjoy a shot from a few years ago when I made up some truly amazing pesto using basil (and possibly even the parsley) out of my garden.

So Much Going On

There is so much going on in the world, from the shit show that is media coverage of American politics to the various bits of tawdry sadness that is “news” via celebrities. I pity that hapless teen from Sweden, and fully agree with those who hold her parents and other handlers in complete and fundamental contempt. Against that background, it is easy to let gloom and despair fill our view. It is easy to believe that we are doomed on one or more levels.

It isn’t. The media bubble does not reflect reality. Reality is much more upbeat and happy. When you are out of the bubble, you see people coming together and doing good things. You see stories like this one, or the very definition of sang froid that is Texas Man. Reality is full of stories like this.

Yes, we are in a fight as to the direction of the Republic. It is important. It is also important to realize that outside the media bubble, people still are willing to listen, to help each other, and do those things that have made — and can continue to make — the Republic a success. Discourse is still possible, outside the bubble.

I’m not going to post today about health or anything else. Instead, a quick challenge: go commit a senseless act of beauty. Pay it forward, complement someone, take a photo and share it — just do something positive. As you do so, get outside the bubble for a bit. You will be amazed at how much better you feel and how energizing it is.

Not Surprised

Unfortunately, with two things.

First, the death of Jeffrey Epstein. Conspiracy and murder, or just more proof of the incompetence and abrogation of duties of our governmental institutions? I wanted him alive, as the man had a lot more information on more than the sexual foibles of a lot of people. It would also have been very nice to see his victims get some satisfaction.

Second, I can’t even say I’m disappointed in Beto. He did the right thing, for at least an hour or two, before joining every other democratic candidate and leader in politicizing the shooting(s). Screw the lot of them.

El Paso & Ohio

While the 48-hour rule is in effect, there are a few points I can share.

  1. Gun Free Zone = Target Zone.
  2. Carry. Legally.
  3. Carry first aid gear, including tourniquets.
  4. In regards 2 & 3, always carry.
  5. In regards #1 and similar things, better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6. Be smart, talk with a good lawyer, and be prepared.
  6. In an emergency when seconds count, first responders are only minutes away. Be prepared.

At least two of the democratic presidential candidates have responded as expected, fornicating the corpses for political gain before they were cold. Confirms my thoughts in regards both of them.

That said, if what I am hearing is true, my hat is off to Beto. I had no respect for him (rather less than that actually); but, he has suspended his campaign to return to his district to do what he can for the people he represents/represented. That is the right thing to do and is truly stepping up. Bravo, and at least one got it right.

Meantime, all I can do is offer my thoughts and prayers to those killed and injured, those around them, and those who responded to these incidents and/or are treating the victims.