Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.

Beliefs

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This is, of course, actually about people being fired for refusing masks/vaccines/testing. In other words, for insisting upon endangering co-workers and the public in the name of their devotion to the MAGA cult of ignorance and hatred.

What these “beliefs” have in common with other MAGAt fantasies like Dominionism, is that they are not about people following their own conscience in deciding how to live their own lives. They are weaponizing decent people’s respect for others’ beliefs into an attack against decency itself.

Farewell, Betty

I’m plenty old, but Betty White’s TV career had about ten years on me.

Until yesterday, she was the last surviving member of the main casts of two absolute pillars of American comedy: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Golden Girls.

Thank you, Ms. White, for a lifetime of fun and laughter.

Goodbye, 2021

Last installment of the calendar year! So here’s a year-end listicle as is required of all the bloggers, according to Section 8 rule 34 of the Constitution. Or maybe it’s the Constellation? Idano – one of those old battleships. Anyway. Without further ado, nor any adieu:

My Top 10 posts of the year

Madam Vice President Jan. 24

DNA Testing Feb. 7

Teacher’s Day – May 4 May 4

My Banks’ Websites Suck May 22

Bowling Balls Jul. 13

IoT Attack, Incident Response Jul. 25

Balloons! Sep. 6

Owl Woods Oct. 3

When I’m… Nov. 26

An Analogy for Boxing Day Dec. 26

Why are we doing this?

Why are we letting this coal lobbyist torpedo the country’s last chance to escape fascism?

The cruelty is the point

This fucker lives on a yacht and drives a Maserati to work every day. All paid for by the coal industry (tagline, “Let’s have a few more good quarters before the big extinction event.”).

If our country were truly governed in the interest of its people, this species-suicidal industry would have been shut down and banned from restarting forty years ago.

An Analogy for Boxing Day

Christmas as we see it on The Hallmark Channel is an amalgam of dozens of different religious and cultural artifacts. From Roman Saturnalia, to Druid and Celtic traditions, to Coca-Cola and Macy’s marketing efforts, the modern Christmas celebration is as heterogeneous and random as the population of a NYC subway car in Midtown at 11:35 on a Tuesday in March.

One thing, though: Christianity has as much role in Christmas as beans have in chili. It’s non-essential, optional and often omitted entirely. It would seldom be missed.

As you may surmise, my Christmas is utterly without religion. Or beans. And I like my Christmas – and my chili – that way.

So here’s my recipe for chili:

Main Ingredients:

 6 lbs ground beef
 2 large onions
 4 28-oz. cans of crushed or diced tomatoes
 1 Jalapeno (hot) or Habanero (really hot) pepper
 1/4 C. corn starch
 1/2 C. lukewarm water

Spice Mixture:
 8 parts Cumin
 3 parts Black Pepper
 3 parts Cayenne Pepper
 3 parts Garlic Powder
 2 parts Oregano
 1 part Allspice
 1 part Ginger

Brown thoroughly and drain the ground beef. Place in a stew-pot. Dice the onions and sauté until translucent. Add to pot. Add the tomatoes. Chop the hot pepper after discarding the seeds & membrane, add to pot.

While stirring, slowly add spice mixture. Simmer on very low heat for at least three hours. Stir occasionally. 

Mix a thin paste from the corn starch and water. Stir this in to thicken up the broth 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serves 12 to 15. Freezes well.
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Using teaspoons as the parts for the spice mixture gives a recipe this size a medium bite, maybe a little on the mild side. Vary the quantity to taste; the proportion is what's important.

And here, in case you are wondering, is the reason for the season.

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