54 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-24-20

  1. Good morning everyone.
    Re: Riots over the Taylor case.
    Doesn’t matter. They would have rioted if the decision were the other way.
    The issue is not Taylor, n one cares. The issue is the riot.
    Somebody is behind this.
    I don’t know who.
    I don’t know why.
    but someone is behind all this.

    It doesn’t make sense at all.

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  2. Who funds the DA races to put in DAs who won’t prosecute criminals?
    Who pays the protesters floating from city to city?
    Who actively works against the US’s best interests?
    Who funds the rabble rousers and rioters?
    Who’s “groups” are delivering signs, bricks, and fireworks to protesters?

    Answer these, and you have your answer.

    Hint: It’s George Soros.


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  3. His dream of a worldwide leftist controlled Utopia, where he and his friends call the shots.

    The reason is the same as it always is for filthy rich despots, raw, naked power. Control.

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  4. There is a book by John Irving, made into a movie, The Hotel New Hampshire, which has a family dog that dies, and then he is stuffed to keep him present. As he shows up many places and the dog’s name is Sorrow, a memorable line is, “Sorrow is everywhere.” Art and I use to find occasion to use that line when things happened. It has been awhile since it came to mind. But speaking of George Soros . . .
    Soros is everywhere.

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  5. I just checked. George Soros is 12 days older than I am.
    No matter how much money he has (8.2 billion $, they say) , it becomes less important wen you reach 90. He could do lots of good with that much money.
    He has chosen the wrong path. He will face judgement for this within the next ten years.


  6. I have heard there is a Siros devotee on my street, someone associated with a university. I have no way to know if it is true, but there is one house with a multitude of signs around it that I have wondered about. With all his followers doing business for him, it does not matter about his age or if he dies. His money will keep funding chaos as his legacy.


  7. I have a legacy of eight great-grand kiss, all of whom are in Christian homes; three of which are already baptized.
    I would not, if I had the opportunity, change my legacy for that of George Soros.

    As I just explained to a guy on the phone. There is something about the “90” that changes your attitude in life. More so than 89. Somehow, you know you won’t reach the next decade. Nor do I want to.

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  8. I love John Irving books. And they all include dancing bears. In his sort-of-autobiography, he proclaimed his love for Charles Dickens and said that he’s read all of his books but one. He’s saving that one until he knows he is dying and will read it then.

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  9. Have any of you southerners here ever had a pear half with a mayo (or Miracle Whip) dollop in the center? Sounds yucky to me. (A lot of these “recipes” sound pretty yucky, and at least a couple are downright disgusting.)



  10. Speaking of books:



    And Now, Book Burning

    Book burning is the iconic manifestation of totalitarianism, thought control, and the suppression of freedom. And now cancel culture has come to point of burning books.

    Trans Rights Activists have called for the burning of books by J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. Newsweek reports that “J.K. Rowling Book Burning Videos Are Spreading Like Wildfire Across TikTok.” Former Harry Potter fans are burning their books out of allegiance to the transgender ideology, since Rowling has said that men dressed up as women are not, in fact, women.

    Right now, book burnings are being carried out by young totalitarians–though that most-burned-of-all books, the Bible, was set on fire during the Portland riots–but adults, such as book store owners who refuse to stock Rowling’s books, are cancelling literature in other ways.

    One target is Flannery O’Connor, hailed as one of America’s best fiction writers in the 20th century and a devout Catholic Christian who writes explicitly about sin, grace, and Christ throughout her work. …

    … In his essay “On the Reading of Old Books,” C. S. Lewis observed that every age has its blind spots. Reading works from the past can not only make us aware of mistakes from the past, it can also make us realize that we have blind spots of our own.

    ~ (Lewis:) Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. . . .Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us. …

    (still Lewis) That writers of the past will have blind spots does not mean they should be canceled. But the impulse to do so is certainly a blind spot of our own time. …

    (Veith) And it is an especially dangerous one. “Where they burn books, so too will they in the end burn human beings.” So said the German poet Heinrich Heine in 1821, a prescient comment that anticipated his countrymen who would burn both in the 20th century. The Wikipedia article on Book Burning called it a means of “cultural genocide.” And, of course, that is the motive of many of today’s ideological censors, to erase a culture that they find oppressive.~

    The definitive treatment of book burning is Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, so named because that is the temperature at which paper burns. The dystopian novel about a society in which firemen set fires–of forbidden texts–instead of putting them out dramatizes the effect of this mindset and its goal of extinguishing civilization. In our day of books as digital files, we don’t have to burn them, just hit “delete.”

    … Bradbury said that he wrote his novel in 1953 to protest the excesses of the anti-communist McCarthy era, but in 1994 he said that it is even more relevant today: “It works even better because we have political correctness now. Political correctness is the real enemy these days. The black groups want to control our thinking and you can’t say certain things. The homosexual groups don’t want you to criticize them. It’s thought control and freedom of speech control.” Watch for Bradbury to get canceled for saying that and for Fahrenheit 451 to get, literally or figuratively, burned.


  11. Kizzie, I seem to recall having a pear slice with maybe a mix of shredded cheese and mayo in the middle which was not so bad, similar to a pineapple slices with mayo and cheese sandwich. I always hated mayo until I got to college and on Sunday evenings the cafeteria had sandwiches so I learned to enjoy the pineapple sandwiches. Later I enjoyed the southern favorite of tomato and mayo sandwiches.


  12. I am wondering about a possible voter fraud situation. A while back I received something about requesting an absentee ballot under the name of Sharon in NC. I sent back a text or email that they had the wrong person since I live in Georgia. I have received a polling call under that name. And now I have received a text. I don’t know what is going on, but it smells fishy. I do not know what to do about it.

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  13. I’m going to try to get back to work today, I feel better after a good night’s sleep — and the tension headache finally lifted. I’m still rattled and sore, should hear today about my car (Peter, no the air bags did not go off in my car, but damage may likely be sufficient to warrant totaling it anyway).

    I think most everything else got done yesterday, I’ll probably need more time off to hunt for a replacement used car later, but we’ll see.

    Thank you for all the prayers. I feel like I’m dealing with a bit of post-stress disorder now, and still physically sore, but not seriously so. But I feel much better than I did yesterday.

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  14. Just prayed, DJ. So much is out of our control these days so any extra surprise and out of the blue experience seems to flatten us for a little while. God does not allow us to stay down though. He is our strength in weakness.

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  15. Kizzie, don’t knock a pear salad until you have had one. Canned pears, a dollop of Hellman’s REAL Mayonaisse, shredded cheddar cheese and if you get reall fancy a marichino cherry on top.
    My mother always basted a ham with Coca-Cola not 7Up.

    The rest of the food looked disgusting and I am glad my mother never made any of it. I sometimes got Chef Boyardee ravioli, but I had to beg for it in the store. None of that other junk.

    This morning I make a treat for Little Miss but she has still not eaten it. Papa and I enjoyed ours and who wouldn’t?
    Mix a 10 oz can of chicken breast with 8 oz cream cheese and half a stick of butter. Use a can of cresent rolls (2 each) to fill with chicken mixture and bake until rolls are done. I haven’t made them in years. It used to be one of BG’s favorite meals.
    Little Miss says it’s “Yucky”. She and Papa are now in a standoff. I am sure he will cave after nap time.

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  16. Kim, I almost never like anything with cream cheese–that definitely includes any desserts made with it (e.g., cheesecake). The exception is that when I was a child, Mom would sometimes chop black olives and mix them with cream cheese, and use the combination on white bread for a sandwich. I loved it. I tried it only once as an adult, and it had definitely lost its appeal. Actually, my pastor’s wife in Chicago made a seven-layer dip that had all sorts of things in it that I didn’t like, but somehow I liked it all together, and I think one of the layers might have been cream cheese. But I can’t think of anything else in which I have ever liked cream cheese. Now if someone is offering a creamy dessert, I outright ask if it has cream cheese, and I simply pass if the answer is yes. I have had crescent roll sandwiches at some church gatherings, and maybe they have cream cheese in them. (They’re OK but not my first choice, whatever is in them.)


  17. Praying for you, Dj, as I walked around the block. I kept praying as I saw so many Biden signs. What do those folks think of our country nd what is it that they want??

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  18. Did someone say “cheesecake”? Now I want some!

    And for those longing to win genuine Pickled Pigskin boasting rights, I sent the list to AJ earlier today.

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  19. I use to fix a snack of graham crackers with cream cheese for Wesley. It was good, IMO. I can see how people might not appreciate the heaviness of blocks of cream cheese but it is often quite lightened up when used in baking. Art’s favorite cookie recipe I made used light cream cheese with grated orange peel and miniature chocolate chips.


  20. Kim, I made that same recipe years ago but it had some nuts mixed in the filling with chives and I used a can of cheddar cheese soup for a topping with more chives on top of it. It was yummy. Art never cared much for cheese so I stopped making it.


  21. The dump took 100 fluorescent bulbs without batting an eye, nor was there a charge. Our church went to LEDs several years ago and that cut the electricity bill a great deal. Many of the bulbs were never used.

    It was lovely to drive through the countryside. We stopped at BB&Beyond and I bought a food mill–they’re in short supply because of the canners–and then we bought paint. I’m itching to paint my office, but there is So. Much. Stuff!

    I thought perhaps Saturday, I could start moving things out today but we’re back on fire watch, red flag warnings, P, G, & E threats about turning off power and it’s going to be 100 degrees.

    Maybe next week . . .

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  22. Meanwhile in Idaho COVID cases– our niece is not feeling well and has written a point paper on all the failings of the school district. Z’s teacher is now sick.

    My EMT approved her Veterinarian cousin’s well-reasoned paper. Talk about the school district being ill-prepared! Since the county only got 5-10 cases a week, they thought they had plenty of time. My g-nephew, apparently, has sparked a pandemic.

    He’s such a nice little boy, too, though precocious for his age–as all the kids on my husband’s side of the family tend to be. They’re also all scientists, so they have answers . . .

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  23. My elder called last night, we had a good conversation on the covid issues and how ours and other churches are handling. He’s in agreement with me about it being wise and appropriate for churches to honor the health guidance right now. He said so many, including Christians, have become really hard-line on their own specific opinions of it (that it’s either not real at all or is way overblown and we don’t need to follow any of these orders) which baffles and I think concerns him somewhat.

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  24. I love cakes with cream cheese frosting. 🙂

    Janice – The combination of pineapple and cheese and mayo sounds yucky to me, as I don’t usually like sweet and savory foods together. Do you also like Hawaiian Pizza (which has pineapple on it)? I do not!

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  25. Thought I ended up on the Politics thread by accident…

    Second coat of paint on the floor, just needs to dry for a couple of days. Because some of furniture will not work well in the new space, due to moisture concerns, I have been trying my hand at some simple furniture making, both planning and construction. Despite some hiccups, it is turning out pretty nice.

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  26. Yes, Kizzie, to pineapple on pizza. I use to make Canadian bacon and pineapple pizzas or chicken and pineapple pizzas quite often for Wesley. I love those flavors. I miss those flavors! But my favorite is a spinach and mushroom pizza.

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  27. Michelle, don’t you know that these days you wait till the baby tells you whether it’s a boy or a girl (or both or neither) and what his or her or its name is?

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  28. Kizzie. White bread. The softer the better. Mayo on each slice the Kraft American cheese and ring of canned pineapple. I haven’t had one in years but I can almost taste it. It may be lunch tomorrow

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  29. I’m a straight pepperoni and thin crust pizza-only person.

    Trash got hauled out, front plants and yard is watered, I’m done. No call from the repair place today, if I don’t hear anything by tomorrow afternoon I’ll make some calls. Still holding out hope-against-hope that they can repair my car. But I’m not expecting it. Just don’t relish the idea of trying to find a new ‘beater’ car; I’d rather stick with the one I already have. 🙂

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  30. DJ, you and I could never have pizza together. I don’t like thin crust and I’ve never understood the American love for pepperoni. You can have a meeting with 50 people and someone might order 10 boxes of pizza, all of them pepperoni, as though of course everyone likes pepperoni pizza. I’ll eat it, but I don’t “like” it. When my husband and I cook a frozen pizza, we move most or all of the pepperoni to his side (definitely all of the onions) and add black olives to my side. My first choice is Canadian bacon, black olives, and mild sausage, but definitely thick crust.

    I once was having lunch with a friend I knew I’d never see again. (She and I had been two members of a four-month class I attended when I was 18 and she was 22, and she and I were staying on campus after most people had left.) We were going to go out for pizza. I said that sounds good–but please not pepperoni, and she said it won’t be. Later she came to me and said someone else was staying a few hours later, too, and could they join us? Then someone else had to change their flight, and before I knew it our private little lunch of two friends had maybe six people in it. (I’d rather have two, but under the circumstances it seemed rude to say no, just the two of us.) We went out for pizza . . . pepperoni. I wasn’t paying, and it didn’t seem my place to throw a temper tantrum that she promised we wouldn’t get pepperoni pizza. But it was a genuine disappointment that a meal with friends I’d looked forward to turned into a pizza party serving pepperoni pizza.

    It’s a bigger disappointment that 30 years and more have gone by and I’ve never been able to track her down to say hi. (I recently found a copy of the letter I sent to her home before we even left the school so that she would get home to mail, and I saw why she never answered it. It looked like a puppy-love love letter, and that wasn’t my thought at all. I was simply a lonely young woman who’d never had a real friend, and those four months of feeling like a normal person with actual friends were precious past the understanding of others in the program with me. She encouraged me to pursue editing–I honestly might not have done so if I hadn’t had that one person who believed in me and encouraged me–and when she found out I’d never been on a date, she set me up for a date. Just a four-month friendship, but an exceedingly valuable one, and I wish we could have stayed in touch.)

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  31. no pepperoni here. I like thin crust, or rather I go for thin crust so it will be fewer calories, with chicken, bacon, artichoke hearts and spinach. Yum!


  32. Pepperoni is CLASSIC.

    Biggest turmoil in the newsroom a few years ago was when the editor decided to forego the traditional election-night pizza for Chinese food.

    For whatever reason, I just don’t like Chinese food.

    Neither did a few others, as it turned out.


  33. oh, yeah, Janice, have to have mushrooms.

    Our church has been following the guidelines. This week the elders asked us to pray as they are meeting after church this Sunday to discuss what to do when the weather turns colder. The same day we all saw on the news that our county had gone down a tier so that means we can meet with 50% capacity or 200, whichever is less. Three counties in our state reached that tier. Restaurants can also meet with 50% capacity

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  34. As a child I didn’t like pizza, and I think people thought me weird. Turns out quite a few children don’t like pizza, but eventually I discovered that I like pizza itself; it’s just that so many of the toppings of pizza ruin it. Pepperoni doesn’t ruin it exactly, but it’s spicier than I like and I don’t “like” pepperoni. I might or might not remove it from my pizza, but I’ll never order it. But I remove onions, mushrooms, and most peppers. (I’m not a big fan of peppers, and now that they don’t like me, I’ve gone past tolerating them on pizza and I take them off.) If the sausage is too spicy, it isn’t good either. I’m actually OK with anchovies on pizza, though it isn’t my first choice and I’ve only had it a couple of times. Pineapple with ham isn’t my favorite, but I’ll eat it. I do like grilled chicken but that’s one that is rarely in the mix.

    Anyway, when my husband and I order a pizza together, we get two or three toppings, and if it’s two toppings both sides are completely different but if it’s three toppings then both sides have sausage but they are otherwise different. He wants onions and pepperoni on his, and I don’t want those on mine. I want ham (or Canadian bacon, preferably) and black olives, and he doesn’t take either of those.


  35. I’m of the “no pepperoni” group. I’ll eat it on a supreme pizza, but the choice for me is sausage, mushrooms and black olives.

    The “oddest” pizza I’ve ever had was in Puerto Rico: shrimp and pineapple. I don’t remember what sauce was used, only that it was delicious, The pizzeria was a block or two from the ocean and the owner came from New York. He bought the shrimp and pineapple fresh every day.


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