Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Slow Cooker Pea Soup in the Kitchen



Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Ron DumpSantis" went up Saturday night.  He's right, DeSantis always does have a facial expression that makes him look like he's taking a dump.

Okay, recipe.  Tina e-mailed a slow cooker recipe.  This is Slow Cooker Pea Soup:

1 package of dried split peas (sixteen ounces)

2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

1 cup diced carrots

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

5 cups of boiling water

1 cup hot milk


In a 5-qt slow cooker, layer the first nine ingredients in order listed and don't stir.  (That's all the ingredients except for the milk.)  Cover and cook on high for four to five hours or until vegetables are tender.  After that, you finally add the milk.  Stir it in.  Remove the two bay leaves.  Now you can serve.

Now for some news.  CBS News reports:

A group of women and two doctors are suing the state of Texas after the women were denied abortions in the state despite facing what they say were serious risks to their health or the health of the fetuses. The lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to clarify what qualifies as a medical exception to the law rather than overturn Texas' abortion bans.

"I will never forget when one specialist tore off his mask and threw it in the trash," one of the plaintiffs, Lauren Miller, said Tuesday outside the Texas State Capitol at a press conference announcing the lawsuit. 

Miller said she was pregnant with twins when one of the fetuses was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 — a rare chromosome disorder that can cause severe physical and developmental disabilities, according to the National Institutes of Health. 

"'I can't help you anymore,'" Miller recalled the specialist telling her. "You need to leave the state." 

And that's what it's come to.  The illegitimate Supreme Court has violated our rights with the Dobbs verdict.  We needed Roe to be codified and, unless you're willing to call Barack out over that broken promise, don't even talk to me about our reproductive rights.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday:

Tuesday, March 7, 2023.  Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III sneaks into Iraq, Glenneth Greenwald loves pretending he knows something but the crazies praising Donald Trump's coded speech apparently haven't let him on their own separation from reality, and much more.

Let's start with Lloyd Austin III, the US Secretary of Defense.  He's gone to Baghdad.  Colin McCullough (CNN) reports,  "Austin, the highest-ranking Cabinet official to visit the country since the start of the Biden administration, according to the press pool, said in a statement that he is in Iraq to 'reaffirm the US-Iraq strategic partnership as we move toward a more secure, stable and sovereign Iraq'."  Idrees Ali  and Amina Ismail (REUTERS) note, he visited with Prime Minister Moahmmed al-Sudani and that the the secretary declared, "U.S. forces are ready to remain in Iraq at the invitation of the government of Iraq."  Chenar Chalak (RUDAW) adds, "The United States’ only purpose in Iraq is its focus on ensuring the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS), said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin following his arrival in the capital Baghdad on Tuesday, as the 20th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq approaches."

Lloyd announced the visit on Twitter.

He announced it after he landed.  In fact "unannounced visit" is a detail pretty much all the reports include.

What a glorious moment for a coward.

We've covered Iraq for years now.  It's the "unannounced" that's the story this morning.  A day or two less than two weeks from the 20th anniversary from the start of the Iraq War, not only are US troops still on the ground in Iraq -- with Lloyd insisting they're going to remain there -- but US officials still have to sneak into the country.

If you don't get the reality of the war and what the Iraqi people think of the US, there it is.  US officials have to sneak into the country.  Glorious cowards all of them.

The US Ambassador to Iraq Tweets the following nonsense:

Not only had Lloyd been in the country for hours -- with the secretary having posted it on his own Twitter feed over four hours prior -- but he's also meeting with Nechirvan Barzani.   When Alina leaves that out of her Tweets it does register and it has.  The US has an ambassador currently who is being seen as anti-Kurd.  That really doesn't happen for US ambassadors but it's happening with Alina and it's not due to those ugly circles under her eyes -- take some vitamin D -- it's happening because nearly every time she Tweets, she shortchanges the Kurds.  It's becoming a very big issue.  

There's another issue in the Tweets about the visit -- not her Tweets -- that we'll probably deal with tomorrow.  I'm just not in the mood to go into it today.  

We'll note that Iran's TASNIM is reporting of the visit:

The Fatah (Conquest) Alliance in Iraq's parliament emphasized the need for expelling all American troops during an unannounced visit by Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin to Baghdad on Tuesday.

Fatah Alliance lawmaker Karim Aliwi said that the issue of expelling US troops is not a factional decision but rather a "definitive" and "national option." He added that efforts are ongoing at both public and political levels to conclude the case of US forces' presence on Iraqi soil. "There will be no negligence or hesitation in expelling the Americans," Aliwi told Iraq's al-Maluma news agency.

Let's move over to the great Glenneth Greenwald.   He's laughing at Don Lemon because Don's a sexist (as though Glenn's not?), he's such an idiot.  (That's not a defense of Don Lemon, CNN needs to realize he's harming their ratings.)  Glenneth also goes after an art critic because the critic has reached their saturation level with Republicans calling for lynchings and the "eradication" of transpersons.  It really is more than enough for this country -- unless you're Glenneth who, of course, chose not to live in this country.  Glenneth says a journalist can't do what the critic is doing -- removing all Republicans from his life.  Actually, an art critic can do just that, Glenneth, you're just yet again sporting your stupidity.  There's not a movement led by Republicans or conservatives in the art world.  

But we mention that to lead up to this nonsense from Glenneth.

Does Glenneth have any idea?

No, I don't think he does.

"He had his head chopped off and opened up for some reason or something like that. It is really disturbing what is going on there."

What's that about?

That's a QAnon loony tune show on BITCHUTE called JUSTINFORMED TALK -- a religious extremist program apparently and, for the record, I don't think Jesus needs you to dress like Patty Hearst in her Tania phase.  But, hey, you do you and we'll all pretend it's not a form of drag -- even though it is.

When JUSTINFORMED TALK (that is how they run it together) speaks of  "He had his head chopped off and opened up for some reason or something like that. It is really disturbing what is going on there," he's speaking of Joe Biden.  Is the host a con artist or is that ill in the head that he honestly believes Joe Biden had his head chopped off?  

Glenneth wants you to know that he knows why Donald Trump got the reception he received over the weekend at that hate-bash.  But really it's because Donald spoke in dog whistles that the other crazies picked up on.  And JUSTINFORMED TALK wants to decode it for you so you know that "DeSantis is as deep state as it gets."

If Glenneth truly knows about why Donald got embraced by the crazies, please, write about it.  Because I don't need to watch crazy ass QAnon garbage.  I'd been lucky enough to avoid it until this morning.  Someone e-mailed asking if I'd seen how crazy these people really were?  I had no idea.

I thought they had a different take on things than I did.  But I didn't know they believed that whatever walks around calling itself Joe Biden is a thing that had its head chopped off -- and yet still walks around.  Deep state?  Try deep s**t crazy.  

JUSTINFORMED TALK wants you to know that Donald is sending out "key information out to everyone" -- you just use your decoder ring, apparently.

"I think Q is great, I think Q is necessary."  I think we do need to know about these crazies.  I think the more we know about them, the more the majority of the American people will reject these crazies.

"They want us divided!" says the crazy host of JUSTINFORMED TALK.  We heard that garbage from RAGE AGAINST THE WAR MACHINE, remember?

And that group hosted transphobes.  

And the people like JUSTINFORMED TALK insist that others "wants us divided."

But these crazies get together and there they are dividing -- calling for the "eradication" of transgender persons.  

They are deep in their own crazy and rooting on Steve Bannon's speech instead of fact checking it.  The KGB isn't even around anymore.  Does no one grasp that was the intelligence apparatus for the Soviet Union?  How stupid are these people?  

Watch DEMOCRACY NOW! below for the reality of that hate-fest.

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