Friday notes

WTF, NCAA? Why isn’t Big Z certified to play? #FreeBigZ

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It only took 18 people murdered to convince this Maine congressional-shitheel that owning assault weapons maybe isn’t such a great idea for American citizens. You think?

And with wonderful timing, the Senate voted Wednesday to allow veterans with mental health issues to keep their guns. Brilliant. Another win for the NRA.

I don’t care who the fuck you are – veteran, ex-cop, judge, Nobel prize winner, Einstein – if you have mental health problems and are under treatment for them, you should *not* be allowed to own a gun. I know, the practicalities in enforcing this are significant, but it’s just common sense. If you’re hearing voices, or you’re depressed enough to commit suicide and take a dozen other folks along with you, if you have trouble with reality, you’re Second Amendment “right” should be shelved. My right to not be killed in your delusional Rambo fantasy trumps yours.

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The new Speaker of the House, second in line for the Presidency after the VP, is a real piece of work. The Republican party just got more extreme, more Christofascist. Well done, Rs.

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I’m planning Thanksgiving dinner. It’s going to be a small crowd, but I don’t know how to cook small for Thanksgiving. Leftovers will be generous. Here’s the prospective menu.

  • Spiced pumpkin soup
  • Smoked turkey
  • Some KY country ham slices (maybe)
  • Bread and sausage stuffing (not stuffed in turkey)
  • Cranberries
  • Air fryer green beans
  • Roasted butternut squash
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Costco pecan pie (why bother to make it when this is so good)
  • Quintessa Cabernet and/or a nice du Pape

All in all, a fairly traditional feast. I’m still perusing NY Times recipes for some more interesting takes on Turkeyday sides, but this is the plan right now. Corn pudding would be a good addition.

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My buddy Todd and I played golf in Temecula yesterday afternoon. After the round at 4pm, we observed the massive amount of traffic driving north on Rainbow Valley Road, a small secondary road used as an alternative to I-15. An infinite line of cars, crawling slowly north. Where are all the people coming from? Why are they still here? San Diego was just rated the #1 most expensive place to live in the US, and I believe it. A million bucks for a modest 1500 sq ft home in a crowded neighborhood. Six dollar gasoline. Constant traffic jams. High taxes, both state and sales tax. No bike-friendly roads, no regional park system. Wildfires. Can’t get homeowners insurance in many areas.

The California dream is pretty much dead unless you’re wealthy. And even then, it’s a mixed bag.

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