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What is milk?

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The reason  this question  has arisen is that there are dozens of different food items called “milk” which are made from soybeans or almonds or other things and contain no dairy whatsoever.   If this sounds utterly ridiculous,  consider that most children have no clue where food come from,  public education doesn’t teach them anything beyond meat-is-bad,  and few of them have ever seen a working farm or a garden.  They know so little of science and have scant training in logic and common sense that they are unable to figure out that milk by customary definition comes from mammals,  not plants and nuts.




Written by timeforthorns

April 30, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Vanilla failure…

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If you bake you already know that vanilla  beans cost  almost as much as gold does now,  so you’re using a lot less of them now than you did a few years ago.   The price is due to a vanilla crop failure in Madagascar,  where 80% of the world’s supply comes from.   Then the island was hit by Cyclone Enawo in March of 2017,  which destroyed many of the vanilla orchids which produce the seed pods,  and this was followed by a major drought.

Because the crop is now so valuable,  it’s a major target of thieves,  and the unstable government will do nothing,  which forces producers to pick too  early,  resulting in lowered quality.   If the producers don’t get their act together,  the use of synthetic vanilla may kill off the natural flavoring.



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April 21, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Super-group forming…

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I appreciate the courage  and tenacity of whistleblowers,  but I am especially in awe of those former Justice Department,  FBI,  and intelligence community officials who  mean to expose  the illegality and shady tactics.

Many years ago I lived in D.C. for a couple of years.   A relative who worked on the Hill helped me get a close up view of the sausage being made and it wa not a pretty sight.   I’m sure it’s much,  much worse now,  and there are few people with the guts to turn on the lights so the rest of us can see the cockroaches scurrying away.  When I was in D.C. I made friends with a group of people investigating the many tunnels in the area.  I learned a tremendous amount about the structures there,  and nearly as much about people.   I can tell you that the Deep State does exist,  and it is very dangerous,  even to the average citizen.  Every member of this supergroups is placing themselves and their families in jeopardy.  I hope they learned enough in the former jobs to protect themselves.



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March 25, 2018 at 2:39 pm

Pirro interview…

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This past weekend Judge Jeanine Pirro interviewed Rep. Chris Stewart,  a member of the House Permanent Select Committee.   He was exquisitely careful about what he said and how he said it,  but if you have been paying attention for the past few weeks to the evidence of government rot,  you can do a bit of reading between the lines:  someone high up is cooperating.

That someone is likely Bill Priestap,  FBI Asst. Director in charge of Counterintelligence,  whose name has been curiously absent from everything which has been in the news.   His boss, Andrew McCabe,  has been caught.   His subordinate, Peter Strzok,  has most certainly been caught.   And former FBI Director Comey previously pushed him in front of the bus by trying to make him the grand fall guy during a Congressional hearing.   So Priestap is either going to meekly be the fall guy for the entire set of projects,  or he recognized that bus and is cooperating with the investigators.

Here are  some of  those who have actually colluded with Russians.   And here is  a list of some of those who  have left,  been fired or been demoted from the DOJ-FBI since the election.


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February 12, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Shutdown differences…

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When President Obama shut down the government,  he made sure that extra Park Police were on hand along to make sure that the physical barriers which had been brought in were sufficient to keep school children away from the Lincoln Memorial and veterans away from the Vietnam wall and the WWII memorial.

Under the just ended Schumer Shutdown,  Interior Secretary and former Navy SEAL Ryan  Zinke was  at such sites,  welcoming visitors, handing out brochures and picking up trash.   Yes,  his agency was furloughed, but he was out there by himself.  To the Leftists trying to rewrite Obama’s history by claiming the parks are not safe without workers,  law enforcement was at the venues,  so since Antif,  the bitter leftovers from the Women’s March, or the Dreamers didn’t show up,  visitors were perfectly safe and undoubtedly had more room to breathe at the  most popular attractions.

Since the shutdown was so short,  I won’t be posting separately on it,  but here is a very  good read  on it by Scott McKay,  and another by Rich Lowry,  here.   Let’s hear it for the Schumer Surrender!




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January 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm

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Krugman economics in action…

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The reason  this piece  mentions Paul Krugman,  the New York Times writer who reminds us at every opportunity that he won a nobel Prize for economics,  is that he and his acolytes  presume that government spending drives economic growth.   Therefore,  any decrease in taxation and any decrease in government revenues is bad for individuals.

The sad tale of Williston,  North Dakota shows Mr. Krugman wrong.  Government spending is a tax on everyone,  and all politicians fail to control their spending desires when presented with a pile of other people’s money.   Williston had huge revenues for a time from fracking,  and spent like the proverbial drunken sailor on projects it did not need,  and now has debts it can never hope to repay.   Government growth occurs because there is privately created wealth for it to take,  and the only smart thing to do economically is to restrict government spending.  Those who create wealth generally search for ways to increase their wealth,  and they tend to be much superior than governments when it comes to spending habits.

I think we should all band together and purchase Mr. Krugman a plane ticket to Williston plus a motel room for a week.  Perhaps if he has to live in the wreckage caused by his supposed mastery of economics,  he will gain a dribble of common sense through simple observation.



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January 20, 2018 at 3:55 pm

What is Bitcoin?

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Charlie Martin offers a  timely tutorial  on Bitcoin,  and the alleged attributes which have made it so valuable to certain segments of the population.   You may still be somewhat puzzled after processing Martin’s article,  but at least you will grasp why governments and central bankers hate it and why people who want to evade such control are desperate to get it.

UPDATE:  This is a  view of Bitcoin as a fraud by the man who inspired the “Wolf of Wall Street.”




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December 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm