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  1. Obama, a law professor who taught Constitutional law, knows how to amend the Constitution. The mechanics aren't hard to understand, you certainly don't need to be a lawyer to grasp it. If you had the political will to do it, nothing would stop you from at least trying. Instead gun opponents pretend that Congress can solve this issue without a Constitutional amendment. Why? I really have no idea. I surmise it's an easy out, demonizing people who don't agree with you rather than actually doing something about it. Take a lesson from the past. When women wanted the vote, nothing would stop them. When Evangelicals wanted to abolish consumption of alcohol, nothing would stop them. Of course, passing an amendment is easier than getting rid of one, but if you mean what you say, get to work. Of course, what I am saying flies against reason. Three quarters of the states are not going to ratify amending or abolishing the Second Amendment in our lifetime. Mine, anyway. Prolly 20 years to go, maybe. But look how long it took for women to get the vote.
  2. Cajun, ordered before I read your post. Ordered 10 pounds of IQF 15-20 white Gulf shrimp, 1 pound jumbo lump, 1 pound regular lump, with overnight shipping about $150. Delayed one day because they were out of jumbo lump, so maybe it hasn't been frozen very long. Had it shipped to work, when it got here, took it home on my lunch break and put it all in the freezer. I was thinking I would have to thaw the shrimp because no way I could use 10 pounds of shrimp at once, but IQF means they are loose in the bag. After we thaw and use the crab I will comment on the texture, but since it's going into a gumbo seems like that may not be an issue. It was very well packed, the container is made of styrofoam, and there were bags of dry ice in with the seafood. Whole package shrink wrapped. Cajungrocer.com. Now my only dilemma is that I told a co-worker I'd bring him some gumbo, he's a pescatarian, and now I am wishing I could put some Andouille into the gumbo. Guess I will cook the Andouille on the side, and add it after I take his out. Not as good as cookiing the flavor in, though.
  3. What Pat said. Carolina Gold kicks Charleston Gold booty. Other exquisite Anson Mills items, Sea Island beans, oats, polenta, grits. I luurve Anson Mills products and their online recipes. It's that time of year (getting cooler) to order some lovely Anson Mills carbs. I gotta limit carbs, so when I do carb, Anson Mills it is. (Well, let's don't talk about my Dominoes gluten free pizza habit. I can stop whenever I want to, honest.)
  4. Planning on buying frozen white shrimp shipped from Louisiana, and noticed both the vendors I am considering also sell blue crab meat but it's frozen. Anybody have an opinion about frozen crab meat?
  5. My sister, who is a La Leche league member, and a labor and delivery nurse, is of the opinion that you should not give a baby anything but breast milk until the child is trying to snatch the food from your hands or plate. But she's hard core, and breast fed easily, two girls. I had a hard time breast feeding, and two big boys. I used one of the plastic mills, probably Gerber. Mine liked smooshed up peas, carrots, egg yolk, applesauce, but absolutely loved pureed beef stew with potatoes and carrots. One is over 6'2", one is over 6'4", but weight problems, probably due to mistakes I made, although I expect that pizza, hot pockets, pop tarts and McDonald's more to blame than the baby food. Well, diluting formula with apple juice was a major screwup, for the first one, knew better the second time. Wish I could go back in time and do it over. My motto used to be, "I am a trial lawyer, therefore you eat fast food." Cringe.
  6. I adore collard greens, and think that kale is fit only for goats. In fact, I love collard greens so much, I grow them myself, after reading a book named, appropriately, Collards: A Southern Tradition from Field to Table. But I don't like the way they are cooked above the Mason Dixon line, sort of crunchy with a lot of vinegar. I like them Deep Southern Style, best recipe by Edna Lewis, see The Gift of Southern Cooking. Edna Lewis' recipe here. Buzz and Ned's, in Richmond, makes it even better than I do. But at a Slow Food potluck, I ate some mighty fine collard greens, and the cook told me that her secret is to put in the stems, "where all the goodness is", but slice them very thinly. Now, a sad collard greens story. My first crop, planted too late in the spring, didn't do very well, so I pulled it all. While I was pulling it out, I noticed a couple of blueish sprouts that immediately after I pulled them, realized that I should have nutured, but that was after I popped them in my mouth and noticed how extra tasty they were. The seeds were Green Glaze, but the blue ones must have been a sport. Drat. I just planted some more seeds, but Georgia variety. Emily, I imagine the issue is that you're selling to Yankees, who don't know from collard greens. I'd happily buy your collards but I am in Fairfax.
  7. My guess, and it is only a guess, is go for canned whole fava beans , or even better, frozen. The season for fresh ones is gone. Dried ones don't stay intact. Dried beans behave entirely differently than fresh. Canned or frozen are close to fresh. You need intact beans for a salad.
  8. Chapter 11 for a smallish company is a crapshoot. Might come in for a soft landing and continue, might crash and burn. Memo to self, check filings, but not right away. The real action doesn't come soon after filing. Wait until the creditors have their say, and the judge starts ruling. Group dinner to support Michael would be a lovely gesture. Pennies in the pot, realistically, but showing love for Michael is a Good Thing.
  9. I remain unclear on what the Bistro is. Made reservations at Ray's for dinner last Saturday, at 6 p.m. What I think of as the main dining room wasn't full but we were placed all the way in the back, past the bathrooms, which I thought was the Bistro?
  10. If you limit the fasting calories to fat and protein, you won't get the hangries.
  11. Hersch, exactly. All the people in California have the same number of senators as all the people of Wyoming. That's the beauty of the Great Compromise. Upon which hung the balance of the smaller states agreeing to sign the Constitution. The Electoral College is a bit more directly democratic, since the larger states have more votes there. The intention was checks and balances against direct democracy. It works. We live in a republic. The popular will does not control, except indirectly. When I look at Donald Trump, I give thanks.
  12. Second sentence not quite correct. With rights come responsibilities. Example, no shouting fire in a crowded theater. Third sentence also not quite correct. Amending the Constitution is something that can be done, but not easy and also not likely without a huge majority. As an intellectual exercise this reminds me of the anger in coastal states when the popular vote for President loses in the Electoral College. The Constitution is remarkably intricate for such a short document. Admirably so, in my mind.
  13. Interesting quote from the Dred Scott decision (African Americans can't be citizens because they would, shudder, have free speech and the right to carry guns, thus endangering society): "The legislation of the States therefore shows in a manner not to be mistaken the inferior and subject condition of that race at the time the Constitution was adopted and long afterwards, throughout the thirteen States by which that instrument was framed, and it is hardly consistent with the respect due to these States to suppose that they regarded at that time as fellow citizens and members of the sovereignty, a class of beings whom they had thus stigmatized, whom, as we are bound out of respect to the State sovereignties to assume they had deemed it just and necessary thus to stigmatize, and upon whom they had impressed such deep and enduring marks of inferiority and degradation, or, that, when they met in convention to form the Constitution, they looked upon them as a portion of their constituents or designed to include them in the provisions so carefully inserted for the security and protection of the liberties and rights of their citizens. It cannot be supposed that they intended to secure to them rights and privileges and rank, in the new political body throughout the Union which every one of them denied within the limits of its own dominion. More especially, it cannot be believed that the large slaveholding States regarded them as included in the word citizens, or would have consented to a Constitution which might compel them to receive them in that character from another State. For if they were so received, and entitled to the privileges and immunities of citizens, it would exempt them from the operation of the special laws and from the police [p417] regulations which they considered to be necessary for their own safety. It would give to persons of the negro race, who were recognised as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, singly or in companies, without pass or passport, and without obstruction, to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation, unless they committed some violation of law for which a white man would be punished; and it would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went. And all of this would be done in the face of the subject race of the same color, both free and slaves, and inevitably producing discontent and insubordination among them, and endangering the peace and safety of the State. It is impossible, it would seem, to believe that the great men of the slaveholding States, who took so large a share in framing the Constitution of the United States and exercised so much influence in procuring its adoption, could have been so forgetful or regardless of their own safety and the safety of those who trusted and confided in them." (Emphasis added)
  14. Josh, the position that nobody should have guns because some people are dangerous, and we don't know who they are? Honestly, whatever. Change the Supreme Court, change the Constitution, but otherwise, you're just venting. Which is fine. I'm outta this.
  15. There appears to be an unbridgeable gap between people who view guns as useful tools and people who cannot conceive of this. I did not want a gun, myself, until a friend of mine had someone try to break into her apartment. She called the police and her father, and her father got there first, with a gun, and the would be attacker ran off. After that, I got a gun, learned how to use it, and carried it to and from work in the Warehouse District in New Orleans, at night, and held it in my hand, pointing downward, as I went back and forth to my car. I also carried it to a confrontation between another friend of mine and a man having a psychotic breakdown. I stood by the side of the car with my hand inside the door, holding the gun, hoping I did not have to use it. Luckily the police got there before the psychotic man got up the nerve to attack my friend with a machete. I informed one of the officers that I had a gun, and he was fine with it. I don't have a gun now. I don't feel like I need it. But if I ever feel like I do need it, I want one.
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