Rantdom Thoughts

According to Charles Barkley and Adrian Peterson, it’s the norm in the South to whup your kids with a switch. Even if it weren’t clearly child abuse, aren’t welts what slaves used to get from their masters’ whips? Ironic cultural legacy.

And. Why? It’s a crime when you punch a stranger. You go to jail for that. But, if you beat a family member silly it’s a private matter. You play on Sunday.

And. How is putting boots on the ground in Syria going to stop radicalized psychopaths from killing people in Kansas? See Tsarnaev Brothers in Boston. GangWorld.

And. Will it take a major bridge collapse before we stop spending money on armies and weapons and wars and start spending on infrastructure here?


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Heirloom Columbus

Is this the Florence Farmers Market? Could be. But, no. Columbus Avenue. Sunday next to the Natural History Museum.




Just a block from Room with a View.


And 13 years after 9/11. Nice to see a happy face at Engine Company 74.



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Kitchen Therapy

cropped-img_0663-22What to do when the world is going mad? Take a Recipe Detour. Gather local farms’  bounty for a few last weeks. Turn off the television and cook!

Salad with Manchego cheese and peaches.
Cucumber Raita.
Cioppino with tilapia and little neck clams.
Gazpacho with watermelon.
Vichyssoise with a kick.
Tandoori Chicken Grill with fresh mint.
Tandoori Broiled Shrimp in 6 minutes.
Sriracha Pork Steaks with peppers.
Roasted Squash Couscous.
Mashed Potatoes & Parsnips.


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A recruited group of disaffected youth curried by a culture of violence coddled by a familial feeling of acceptance. That’s my definition. Global gangs. Al Qaeda kinda. ISIL definitely. No borders. No rules. Neglected kids confused by lack of identity and structure. Like those in the NFL? Inner city streets? Law enforcement? Blurred lines. A pervasive disease metastasizing.

It starts at home. Absent parenting. Role models condoning bad behavior. Institutional thuggery. Crimes defined as mistakes. Religious jihad guise. Generational danger. How do we wage a war on this? Airstrikes seem superficial.


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Or is it? Same critics suing Obama for abusing executive power are calling for him to go to war. Now Lone Ranger good. McCain warning against more home-grown ISIS terrorist converts named McCain. Oops. What strategy does that fit?

Contradictions abound on both sides of the debate. It’s that pesky gray area again. We need bad guys in one country so we can invade it. That was so 20th Century. Should have left the tyrants alone. Krauthammer calls Prez’s foreign policy adolescently naïve. Like Mission Accomplished?


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Fargo. The series got an Emmy. True Detective directing. That was it. Seriously mad. Don’t like Sherlock, Modern Family, Veep. Didn’t see Breaking Bad. Least faves. Seth was okay. Billy’s eulogy too soon. Re-treads. Same names over again. No Mad Men??? House of Cards??? Game of Thrones??? Jon Voight???  Jon Hamm??? Don Draper best character in history of TV. Stupid.

Lena Dunham wore what the Emmy award show regurgitated. Okay. I’m done. Ray Donovan still rocks.


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Best Emmy choices ever. Danes, Wright, Dockery, Lena’s Heady and Dunham. Voight, Hamm, Billy Bob, Freeman, McConaughey, Harrelson, Kevin Spacey.

Speaking of House of Cards, another binge-worthy NetFlix series. The Fall with Gillian Anderson. Creepy but good. Ray Donovan renewed for Season 3. Yay.

Forget Barclay’s. Maureen Dowd took fore metaphors to their test in her funny and brilliant Golf Address. A riff on Gettysburg and Obama’s bunker jones.

Summer Seafood Stew for Two. RecipeDetours.

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