Send in the clones

It doesn't look that cold out there, but it is. Can't you see the tree shivering?

It doesn’t look that cold out there, but it is. Can’t you see the tree shivering?

All right, which one of you wisenheimers swiped my sun-splashed Southwestern desert?

It never got over freezing today — the average for the day is supposedly in the mid-40s — and I was very much not interested in logging miles on any of the review bikes in the stable.

Instead, I made soup. That’s exercise, right? All that washing, peeling, chopping and stirring?

Sure it is.

The candidates for the GOP pestilential nomination will be making something else entirely in Vegas this evening, something not unlike a shit soufflé, but I will not be watching. Life is already far too short for that sort of cookery, even with the media trying to whip up an MMA steel-cage death match out of what amounts to a clone army of your drunk Uncle Buster carpet-bombing Christmas dinner.

Speaking of bombing, Los Angeles collectively soiled itself today over what is now believed to be a hoax involving attacks on school districts in large cities.

Thank God Al Gore hadn’t invented the Innertubez when I was a malchick. If my droogies and I had had smartphones back in the day, school would have been in session like, never, dude, sir.

“OK, hold the bong for a second and check this out. Hey, how do you spell ‘Klingon bird of prey?'”

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18 Responses to “Send in the clones”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Homemade chicken noodle soup with fresh spinach tonight. Peanut butter Clif Bar for dessert and a little extra protein.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ooo, spinach. Good call. I’m gonna have to add some of that to mine. I just made the broth last night, then stuck it in the fridge to make skimming the fat easier. I usually add carrots, turnips, noodles, dill, parsley and honey.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    L.A. certainly did shit its pants today. Made me afraid to go outside, so I stayed home and did some housework. I think oatmeal, raisin, and walnut is my favorite Clif Bar, although the blueberry crisp is pretty good too.
    Colder than hell here too. Our high was 45, same tomorrow, with 21 on tap for tonight. Had a ride planned to 0900 tomorrow; not going to happen.

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    “Washing, peeling, chopping, stirring”….all great range of motion movements for a bad back! Right, PO’G??

    We did a great kielbasa soup with loads of veggies……high here north of Bibleburg in Black Forest was 16 degrees with 8 inches of snow….and sopped it up with a wonderful boule bread.

    Oh yeah….banged out 50 minutes on the indoor trainer today before doing the snow removal. Much more enjoyable than the ongoing candidates “debate”. I guess that’s pretty faint praise.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Soup and bread. That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Just the thing for temps in the teens and snow to the knees.

      I peeked at some of the NYT’s live updates from the “debate.” Good God. Anyone who’s still a Republican after watching that is either clinically insane, possessed of a very strong stomach, or both. I’d vote for Darth Vader’s beat-to-shit helmet from “The Force Awakens” before I’d pull the lever for any of these Emperor Palpatine wannabes.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        The “force” was not present in that room. I’m starting to believe that Donald really is working for Clinton. I didn’t watch it; I just read about it this morning.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    Nothing that comes out of a mylar wrapper should be eaten unless under dire circumstances. Nasty weather here in frozen Iowa too…tomorrow we’re off to SoCal where I don’t care if the schools are open or closed as long as the sun shines.
    The Rethug debate would have been funny if it wasn’t so scary – especially what seems like a bromance between Trump and Cruz? Really scary those two. Could we somehow combine the foreign policy of Rand Paul with the domestic policy of Bernie Sanders? “Rand Sanders” (or Bernie Paul?) could be my ideal candidate.

  5. Mike Frye Says:

    I have always been a big fan of Ran Paul But. something that even he won’t make is a remark about is why after 75 bloody years are we still “protecting” Germany and Japan? do we really need to spend that much money every year maintaining Army bases, Air Force bases in those two countries? Not to mention all of the other countries we are “protecting”.

    I’m not even saying pull them all out how about just half of them? And if they wanted keep them how about paying us to run them?

  6. Mike Frye Says:

    Looks like we’ve got over 700 military bases around the world imagine what would happen if those folks were actually doing something productive?

    And I guess Bill and Hillary where they are when they did close down about half of the military bases in Germany for that all give him some credit. That happened back in 93? Our economy took off.

    Up until 1945 we never had a standing military. Now we have the largest one in the world, what’s wrong with this picture?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      When you consider it’s a professional military to boot, there is plenty wrong with that picture.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Yet we heard last night from all the Rethugs (other than Paul) how our military has somehow been “decimated” (by Obama of course) and needs to be rebuilt. One would think these so-called market-economy wizards would wonder WTF we’re spending as much as the next 9 countries combined, yet still don’t have a military that meets their requirements? It was also comical/sad how the entire Daesh problem didn’t seem to start until Obama yanked the US soldiers outta Iraq. NOTHING was said about W’s invasion of Iraq, generally recognized as the start of the Islamic State by Sunni Muslims disenfranchised by the Shia version “installed” by the US. But these neocons also claim all the troubles started in Iran with the fall of the Shah, the guy installed by you-know-who after Iran’s previous regime was, uh, well, “removed”.
      Paul was the only guy with guts enough to call “regime change” a disaster. If we could graft his foreign policy onto Sander’s domestic agenda I vote for him, it, or whatever.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Don’t forget the bases right here at home. When we were stationed in San Antone I recall Randolph AFB, Lackland AFB, Brooks AFB, and Fort Sam Houston. Bibleburg has Fort Carson, Schriever AFB, Peterson AFB, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and NORAD-Cheyenne Mountain Air Station. These are to protect the locals against incursions from Pueblo, I guess (they have the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot to keep them warm).

      A ruthless purging of the superfluous items in the military-industrial complex would dry up Bibleburg to the point where a solid fart from a Preble’s jumping mouse could blow it away.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Good old Sierra Vista is a federally funded, one horse city. Ft. Huachuca and a Border Patrol agent under every bush keep our economic engine running. When the Iraq and Afghanistan blunders wound down, and the sequester cuts hit the defense budget, the people around here were screaming bloody murder.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I read a white paper a while ago suggesting that if we had ever pushed the button on WW III, the entire Rio Grande Vally would glow in the dark for a thousand years, based on all the first strike targets. At least it would have been quick.

  7. khal spencer Says:

    I like Larry’s idea of a Rand Paul/Bernie Sanders ticket. Chalk one up to “They Are Not Insane”, as the Firesign Theatre campaign for George Papoon would say.

    We have long forgotten Dwight Eisenhower’s admonition about the military industrial complex. I think the only folks who benefit by these Endless Wars(tm) are the Builders of More Shit That Goes Boom. Of course, New Mexico, along with the O’Grady and Spencer property values, would implode without all those Feddle Gummint installations.

    Well, the bad news for me is that I am about to lose my license as a Board Certified Gun Nut. Have an email from Miranda Viscoli (co-President of New Mexicans Against Gun Violence), to wit:

    “Hi Khal,

    …Based on reading your editorial, I think you would find that for the most part we are on the same page. Great article… ”

    Maybe there is hope. I wish we could get Miranda and Yours Truly on one of those KUNM call in panels, just to prove that someone can throw a rope across that chasm.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    Why Trump is popular. Remember this one?

  9. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Or we could watch the Mad Dog. For all of you guys and gals who don’t frequent the Adventure Cycling web site.

    https://www.adventurecycling.org/adventure-cyclist/online-features/video-review-opus-legato/

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