I Need A Jolt Of Patriotism 

and I’ve found it here


I’m a sucker for new bourbons, and when I saw the above bottle I couldn’t resist (plus, at $22, really what’s the downside?).

I would give you detailed tasting notes but I have to admit this sums it up perfectly:

The 1776 Rye is full of spiciness and flavor due to the high rye content. Because the flavor profile packs such a punch is goes great in mixed drinks. It also strong enough to drink without worrying about the flavor getting watered down.

I would say that drinking full strempf is a a bit iffy. If you are used to drinking it straight and like a good strong bite than its definitely for you. If you struggle with strong whiskies than id stick to it on the rocks or mixed.

A shot of this stuff is going to be rough on almost anyone, its has a real harsh bite. But hey, unless you want the Sons of Liberty to think you’re a huge puss you should at least take one.


Put a bottle of this in front of the candidates and require them to slam ’em down.

Canadians Upset By Portrayal In “The Revenant”

Noted Cinematic Icon Jacque Teauteit reports

Canadian actor says The Revenant ‘stupid’ for portraying French-Canadians as murderous rapists

For portraying French-speaking voyageurs as duplicitous, murdering rapists, a prominent Canadian actor is accusing the hit film The Revenant of being anti-French-Canadian.

“It’s the French Canadians who rape, who lynch, who keep sex slaves,” actor Roy Dupuis was quoted as saying in the Quebec version of Huffington Post.

“They have the worst roles!”

Born in Ontario to Francophone parents, Dupuis is famous for portrayed hockey player Maurice Richard in a 2013 biopic, and for his roles as Canadian general Roméo Dallaire in the Rwandan Genocide drama Shake Hands with the Devil.

Dupuis said he was originally offered the role of Toussaint, the leader of a French-Canadian fur trading expedition, but turned it down after reading the script and seeing the Canadiens depicted as “horrible barbarians.”

A spokesman for 20th Century Fox admitted the error and said “Yes, it was a horrible mistake, we never intended to portray French-Canadians as murderous rapists; in fact we meant to portray them as raping murderers.”

It Just Keeps Snowing 

Pretty damn awesome 

I Tried 

I really tried to wait.

Sort of.

It Begins 


Lookin Out My Front Door 

About 6″ so far, winds unfortunately starting to pick up.

So All You Snow Storm Area Type People

Be careful out there. Enjoy a cozy weekend home and know that your public officials have every possible scenario well in hand.

Half the fun is sitting back and watching the Weather Channel folks make up asinine storm names and implode over an unexpected dose of “winter” during…winter.


I Forget Now, Since Obama’s Moved the Goal Posts

What’s the going rate on American hostages?

University of Virginia student detained by North Korea

North Korea said Friday that it had arrested a University of Virginia student for allegedly committing “anti-state” acts orchestrated by the U.S. government.

In language that mirrors past North Korean claims of outside conspiracies, state media claimed Otto Frederick Warmbier entered the North as a tourist with a plot to undermine unity among the North Koreans with “the tacit connivance of the U.S. government and under its manipulation.”

The report from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Warmbier was “arrested while perpetrating a hostile act,” but didn’t say when he was detained or explain the nature of the act.

“Hold Off”? “HOLD OFF”?!?!?!

Is EVERYBODY and anyONE an ACCEPTABLE CASUALTY to this administration as long as you’re NOT IN THEIR WAY?!?


In a Secluded, Secure, Non-Disclosed Location This Morning

…we’ve got Sean Penn hacking his way through primordial jungle to deliver our heartfelt


…wishes to the infamous El Guapo Bingley.


We promised him he didn’t have to pretend to be a journalist, just deliver the celebratory hootch and requested travel documents safely.


Actual Footage From The CCTV Cameras At Chateau Bingley This Morning

Time To Update The Cookware

We do like to eat here at Chateau Bingley, and that means we really need to like to cook as well. Oh sure, it’s a great excuse to empty several bottles of wine over the course of a few hours I grant you, but, still, even if we didn’t have the wine component I’m sure we’d still cook a lot. I’m not willing to test that hypothesis obviously.

Anyhoo, a rather key element in the cooking is the cookware, and I’ve reached (well, honestly, past) the point where I need to replace what I’ve been using for the past, gosh, 11 years or so at least, an Ameriware set I picked up at Costco. It’s served us exceedingly well but the non-stick coating is worn off in lots of spots and it doesn’t really do all that I want. I have a bunch of cast iron as well, which I love for certain things but ain’t no way I’d go completely cast iron.

At first of course I was looking at replacing it with another set of something, but as I thought about it it made more sense to look at the way we cook and live and choose some specific pieces based on that. The first question was non-stick or not? My current set was all non-stick, and that turned out to be less than satisfactory in some situations. What do I mainly use the non-stick for? Frying eggs, sautéing veggies, pancakes, that sort of stuff. So the first purchase was this 2-pack of 10″ Tramontina Proline frying pans for $30 (i.e. 15 each!) at my local Costco.

They have very good reviews, are made here in the US of A, and honestly for $15 each they are, in effect, almost disposable if they don’t work out. Having used them now a few times I am very pleased as the non-stick surface is amazingly slick; in fact, it’s almost too slick: this morning I was frying 4 eggs in one and I was having trouble getting the spatula under the eggs to flip them. The damn things kept sliding all around. So I’m pleased with these so far, as they are very easy to clean with just some warm soapy water.

The second part of this breakfast focus is a griddle. I’ve tried making eggs in a frame in a big skillet but it just was too crowded, and we had an old old griddle pan that my Bride had from before we got hitched that really properly belongs in a SuperFund site, so I decided to give this Nordic Ware 12″ griddle a try


cast aluminum, non-stick, made in the USA, slightly angled so the sausage grease/egg butter can ooze into the channel in the front…it looks like it should do the trick, and I’ll try it out tomorrow. And again, for $22 not a huge investment.

We don’t eat anywhere near the amount of rice and other such carbs that we used to, but I will keep my 2 qt non-stick pot for awhile, as that is a perfect use for non-stick (having burnt rice into many a cheap pan in college).

If you have been unfortunate enough to see my cooking posts, you’ll note that almost everything is done in one main pan, the 12″ sauté pan. It has been a tremendous workhorse and I knew this was the one that needed the most thought before replacing for it did have some things I didn’t like. It couldn’t go in the oven. It had a straight lip so it made a mess when you tried to pour out of it. And it was impossible to pour out of anyway because it didn’t have a long handle, only two short ones on either side. But the non-stick made cooking very easy (risotto was never ever a problem in that puppy) and it made the cleaning very easy (just warm soapy water as always). I was very tempted to get a newer non-stick version that claims you can put it in the oven, but then i thought about the fact that I am rough on pans, I have a cabinet that they get tossed and stacked in and many a non stick surface gets scratched by the base of the pan above it when they get stacked in the cabinet. Also, my current set was made of titanium and damn near every single one was dented and no longer perfectly round due to the rough and tumble life, so I decided to go back to my roots on this workhouse: stainless steel. This Cuisinart 5-1/2 Qt stainless sauté pan pretty much checked off every box I was looking for


mirror smooth finish, nice handle, rolled rim so it pours drip-free, steel lid (good god I would break those “tempered glass” lids in an instant!), oven-safe to 500º, and it goes in the dishwasher. I haven’t cooked on it yet, and I do anticipate a little bit of a learning curve to remind myself how to limit food from sticking when using stainless, but I look forward to it.

The one pot I’m still working on replacing is my sauce workhorse, which is a 6 qt stock pot.

All in due time.

In All The Thousands Of Times I’ve Heard This…

…the political implications of the lyric never hit me until I heard this version

we are silently bowing to too many Neon Gods today.

This Video is a Monument to the EVERLASTING SHAME

…of the MALE SAILORS on those Navy boats.

Check out the place settings. Check out the movement IN THE CORNER when the boys are happily STUFFING THEIR FACES.

Guess who wasn’t ALLOWED to eat?

I also notice she’s changed out of her hijab and wrapped herself in a blanket of some sort. GOOD FOR HER.

‘Twould appear she’s the owner of the only set of BALLS in the entire crew.

That American servicemen would act in their own interest and abandon one of their own is DISGRACEFUL.

I hope she lit every jack one of them up royally when they got back to terra USA, and that she NEVER EVER lets the craven cowards off the hook.


A Simply Amazing Version

Of one of my favorite Taupin/John songs

I’d Call It a Smoking Gun, BUT

…those only seem to wind up laying next to the people working for her.

Well It’s After Noon 

I’ve waited long enough.


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