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Adventures in Cultural Appropriation, Part II

(Part 1 is here.)

Made in America: How four iconic dishes with roots in other lands tell a story of immigration and transformation

by Tim Carmen & Shelly Tan @ WashingtonPost.com, Oct. 11

Spaghetti and meatballs, chile con queso, gumbo and the California roll have become American icons. Their journey to that point is one of immigration and transformation.

Big picture perspective

Suburban/Rural Swing Women

Here they are (from this Oct. 11 NYTimes article: As Impeachment Divide Persists, More Voters Embrace an Inquiry):

Denise Reynolds, left, and Sonya Pancione feel differently about the impeachment inquiry.CreditJason Andrew for The New York Times

They live in Culpeper, a town that is older than America itself and sits roughly halfway between Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Va. where Representative Abigail Spanberger, a freshman Democrat, flipped a seat long held by Republicans

They are together at the Rusty Willow Boutique, an upscale women’s clothing shop that was preparing for its grand opening where just the mention of Mr. Trump prompted a squabble between Sonya Pancione, 57, the shop’s owner, and Denise Reynolds, 50, one of her best friends from church. Ms. Pancione is dead-set against impeachment.

“Respect the office. It’s a democracy. People voted for him,” she said.

Ms. Reynolds loathes Mr. Trump and blames him for inciting racial hatred. She was once excited about his candidacy — “I thought we needed somebody who understood business in that seat,” she said — but says now that if he were impeached and removed from office, “it would not upset me in the least.”

More on their House Representative:

Looks like the NBA is more totalitarian about protest than the NFL?

In the NFL, it's the players that got the "censored" treatment. But at NBA games, fans gotta toe the line, too?

The results of a two-state "solution" summarized in two tweets

India is reacting to 70 years of Jihad from without and appeasement within.

If Jinnah was wrong, Pakistan should not exist.

If he was right, then it's Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India, and we can stop pretending otherwise.

Pakistan can exist or India can be secular. Either, or. https://t.co/92Xvz0e5bn

Zelensky's "Servant of The People"

Ah blessed be new coalitions between "People of the Book"!

Just In time for Rosh Hashanah no less. Such a strong reminder that the book of the famous phrase is known in the west as the: The Old Testament!

MBS “is leading Saudi Arabia through the most dramatic, positive and exciting social and economic reforms in the history of the Kingdom” — US evangelical activist Joel Rosenberg https://t.co/jcrYYzEqzt

"May you live in interesting times"

Any other boomers having the realization: we did and we do? This tweet hit me hard like that:

Is "cancel culture" as bad or worse than the right-wing Christian movement?

Modern social justice and cancel culture are secular reboots of the evangelical Christian crusading of decades past, with one big difference: Christianity is replete with forgiveness and redemption narratives, while the secular version has none. https://t.co/HU07xln9el

— Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) September 25, 2019

Dairy, it's baaaaack!

I cannot believe what I am now seeing in nutritional science news. It's yet another ultimate flip flop. My whole life I've watched people take their doctor's advice, and within a decade, that was flipped. Conclusion: this "science", just like many others related to the practice of medicine, is still in its infancy and humans are the guinea pigs, "they" basically understand zilch about what food does to people. The ironic thing: in this case, the results do not synch with the environmental proposals that we need to cut way down on animal husbandry. Nor do they support the idea of plant- based substitutes for animal milk.

Two examples, one recent and one from a year ago:

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