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What fascinated me this week was how the rule of law doesn’t apply to republikkkans but does to everyone else. What’s frightening is my undergrad degree was in history and history shows us where this behavior goes. My disgusting rep Stefanik is leading this parade. My 84 year old mother is terrified the bloviating, twice impeached, indicted, insurrectionist will wrangle his way back into office. I don’t think I could endure that ever again. I was sick for five years over this. We would leave. Probably Canada.

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Canada would be my choice also but I am not packing my bags just yet.

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I don’t want to. But I don’t trust people given how many of them were fooled by this charlatan over and over. I feel like we are still in the alternate universe….

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What caused me a great deal of irritation this week was listening to talking head commentators bloviating ad nauseam about Alvin Bragg and his case. None of them knew jack shit, yet they speculated and speculated. That was followed by the disgusting, cowardly GQP rushing to TFG's defense to put me in a crabby mood after my being elated about his indictment. Or his indicated -- isn't that how the stable genius spelled it?

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Wanda, I found myself limiting my exposure to the nonsense people are spewing over trumps indictment. I can't handle the armchair lawyers and their nonstop bloviating. There are between 30-34 charges coming down. The armchair lawyers are all focusing on the payoff to Stormy. That payoff is a small potatoes in the grand scheme of trumps crimes.

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Mona Charen was on Charlie Sykes’ podcast, commenting about the relative viability of the case, even as she admitted that she didn’t know what comprised the indictment. If you don’t actually KNOW anything, WHY ARE YOU TALKING??

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Apparently because the show must go on. No matter they have to punt all the way to Tuesday. Sheesh, curse the 24/7 hour news cycle.

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My topic is Justice. Here is the stated mission of the Department of Justice: “The Justice Department’s mission is to uphold the rule of law, keep our country safe, and protect civil rights. Our work across the Department—including all 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices, our law enforcement agencies, grantmaking components and litigating divisions—is guided by these three co-equal priorities. Learn more about what we do below.”

https://www.justice.gov/our-work.

Could someone at the DOJ at least issue a statement assuring us they are working on issues such at protecting the LGBTQ+ community, protecting women’s right to make their own health decisions, protecting our right to vote in free and fair elections, and of course protecting a free press, free speech and the opportunity to read what we want to read. 🙏🏼

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I was going through a Farmer's Market and a woman pushed a little spoon in my face for me to try; I did and it was delicious. Yes.. I discovered Pistachio Butter.

I haven't yet decided if this being the highlight of my week is a good thing or a very sad thing...

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This is a good thing! I discovered « ail des ours » (wild garlic) at the farmers’ market in Toulouse. It has leaves like basil and distinct garlic flavor and makes wonderful pesto. Food discoveries like Jeff’s tuna are important for heart, soul and stomach when dealing with all the baloney these days…

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Are u related to Jeff? Love this

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Monica, pistachio butter is a real good thing!

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News to me… huh never thought Jeff’s substack would make me a more refined person…?!?

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Well, I’ve always been fascinated with religious cults. So, I watched the documentary, “Holy Hell”. I was dumbfounded, really. Folks giving 20+ years of their lives to a narcissistic, crap actor-which leads me to think of our current political cult situation of today. People believe what they want to believe, even when being lied to on a daily basis. If you want extra fun, watch, “Kumaré”. A lapsed Hindu and American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi poses as guru Sri Kumaré in a social experiment. He attracts a number of devotees, but unexpectedly finds that his followers receive genuine benefits from his deception.

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This is a tough question for me, because I've been stuck on several things. Starting with the Nashville tragedy. I can't let it go to be honest. I suppose it fascinates me that so many can move on so quickly. I think about things like, those poor children and barely got a paragraph and a half in Time magazine. Might be silly to some. At my age I want things to change quickly before I'm not around anymore to see it.

TikTok may seem really bad and unnecessary to some, and I get it, China and all. Honestly, I'm really torn. I have an autistic grandson who in his obsessive compulsive way, is totally obsessed with tiktok, but in my estimation, in a good way. It's a creative outlet for him and better than other apps like Snapchat. It's also given him the courage to move outside his particular box. He participated in his school play this week. After weeks and weeks of rehearsal, he got up on that stage and sang and danced his heart out. I am not sure I expect anyone to fully understand where I'm coming from.

That was my whole week. No new foods or places. As someone else here admitted about themselves; I don't get out much.

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I was doing my own research (hee hee) on Falcons since I have a presentation coming up and found out that genetically, falcons are more closely related to parrots than other birds of prey. Obviously, taxonomy is a changing science as we learn more, but interesting tidbit nonetheless.

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Well, it's been a fairly slow week here at the Casa. What fascinated me this week is how pugs can become obsessed with gnawing on cardboard, and that Yosemite Sam's full name is Samuel Michelangelo Rosenbaum.

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Ahhh...those rabbit holes for us boomers...that is my dopamine rush everyday. I adore Louis Armstrong, and the Sachmo rabbit hole unearthed a treasure: when he was vice president, Richard Nixon was a drug mule for Louis (3 lbs of ganga). Georgia O’Keefe painted giant flowers so we could see what she saw. And repubs want to control TikTok so no foreign entity can “control what storylines Americans see or don’t see and ultimately influence our elections which would be catastrophic.” - Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin. Bwahahahaha, oh the irony, Mike - Australian Rupert Murdoch already has your “party” by the balls. And, Jeff, thanks for another wry week - you nailed the shit weasels for sure!

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I am a plant nerd and this fascinated me.

“Most people call them Grape Hyacinth but they are not a Hyacinth!! Keep in mind these are edible but the actual Hyacinth is not. It is toxic!

The Muscari are edible. The blossoms have a slightly sour, slightly grapey flavor, and are a source of Vitamins A and C. Although there are no poisonous parts on the Muscari, the blossoms are most often used, rather than their leaves, stems or roots.

Grape hyacinth blossoms are used as flavoring in Europe.

As with any wild edible, the sky is really the limit on how to use grape hyacinth in your kitchen. You can cook them up and simply eat them, or you can add them to your floral pasta.

Benefits of Muscari

Almost all the plants have some medicinal as well as nutritional value to offer.

Skin Benefits of Grape Hyacinth/Muscari

1. Treats Eczema:

The leaf extracts of this plant can be mixed with rice flour and turmeric to treat skin problems like eczema.

2. Makes Skin Healthy:

Many skin care products contain Muscari. The use of grape Hyacinth and its antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacteria properties make it the perfect choice for treating many skin disorders.

Hair Benefits:

3. Offer Great Fragrance to the Hair:

Though Muscari is not known for its hair care benefits but it provides the shampoos and conditioners that amazing fragrance to of a fresh flower.

Health Benefits:

4. Treats Cholera:

The stem of this plant can be used to treat cholera. Symptoms like nausea and vomitting can be reduced with the help of stir fried Muscari beans.

5. Heals Sore Throat:

The juice extracted from the pods of the Muscari plant can be used to heal an inflamed throat as well as ears.

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6. Treats Snake Bites:

A poultice, prepared with the extracts of the Gr. hyacinth bean leaves, can be used to treat snake bites.

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something I learned recently is that coriander and cilantro come from the same plant. and judging from the reactions of everyone I've told this to, I'm evidently the only person who didn't know this

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Didn't know that but am not surprised. Does that count?

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Justice? Justice looks like punishments that fit the crimes. And acceptance of the crimes and the just punishment. Justice looks like an acknowledgment of the very real social and economic issues that have led to the rise and extension of MAGAism, populism and racism in this country. Justice looks like a government of elected servants, not narcissistic sycophants. Justice looks like an acceptance that special interests, identity politics and unfettered money in the political system harms more than helps. Justice looks like a culture in recovery...embracing oneness rather than otherness.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Jeff Tiedrich

If someone doesn't start canning mojama, with a pig on the label wearing a sailor outfit and dancing the hornpipe, well, I've lost all faith in humanity. Also, the pig cannot be wearing pants, in keeping with the longstanding tradition of cartoon mascot animals dressed only shirts and hats.

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I always read your tweets because of your foul language ❤️. So I was thrilled that you started writing on SubStack 😍

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Gotta love an f bomb in the hands of a true artist…🎯

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Spot on!

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Man, I just don’t get out enough…

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hey, I listened to the podcast while driving to the restaurant. that's killing two birds with one stone

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Hahahaha! Nice

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Nice range of interests; each a bit outside my purview, so... mad respect! But I also dig those fine silent films. Much was lost when the talkies took over. Spent the week with old friends, trying now to shake off the dust.

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I'm feeling hopeful. Trump's arrest won't destroy democracy- it will strengthen it by proving that it works. We need to get over the

" first in US history" vapors- other ex presidents in other democracies have seen jail time. Their countries didn't fold up like origami. And let me add that there's no shame like Lindsey's shame. Boo effin Hoo.

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