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Give the Guy a Break!

Salon Magazine – which is crap, and not just because they never ask me to write for them – says that Guy Fieri changed The Food Network and not for the better!

Wrong, Salon, wrong!

I love Guy Fieri.

Salon says, “From bleached hair to bowling shirts, Guy Fieri is, without a doubt one of the most hated celebrity chefs of all time. “

No, Salon, no.  We love him.

They trashed his brash personality, his “lackluster” restaurant and listed 14 reasons why his is “…nothing but a culinary catastrophe…”
How did he change the network? “The Food Network’s programming schedule should be populated with the pacifying voices of Ina, Martha, Nigella, even Mario Batali,” Farsh Askari writes in Salon. “Instead we get Guy Fieri screaming at us to adopt a diet that will at best yield diabetes.”

I’ve cooked everything from Ina, Martha, Nigella, and even Mario, and believe me, they’ll give you the diabetes too!

The same magazine that shames everyone for everything claims that Fieri is homophobic and anti-Semitic. But everything offered as proof was hearsay. And of course, they took the opportunity to continue to bash Paula Deen!

They say he’s untrained.  Whoop de doo!  Lots of celebrity chefs are untrained.  And the raging majority of people trying his recopies are as well.  We’re America, everyone likes success stories, well everyone but the folks at Salon.

They don’t like his “kulinary gansta” tattoo saying it plays to his egotistical nature.  Judgmental much?

And on top of that, these days I’m about the only guy life under 70 without at tat!

They said his show Drive Ins, Diners, and Dives is a fraud because he “…hails from a part of the country that doesn’t really have many of the classic, Jersey-style diners, and on the first day of production he still really had no idea what a diner was.”

They said this made him a hack!

Sin of all sins, his last name isn’t really Fieri, it’s Ferry!

Guess what, Giada de Laurentis isn’t a de Laurentis.  Her grandfather was, she copped his name because no one had ever heard of her dad and mom, but since Gramps produced Barbarella, King Kong, and Hannibal to name a few.  It’s OK then?

He makes crude jokes!   Does anyone at Salon ever watch late night TV?

He has a huge ego.

No, really?  He’s a TV star…they all do.

He has an obnoxious entourage.  At least he as an entourage Salon…

They don’t like his “lingo.”  Phrases such as Bomb-dot-com tasty. Lights-out delicious. Festival of Funk., and Funkalicious all seem to turn the folks at Salon off.

Writers’ envy?

The only nice thing they said about the Guy is that he runs a great charity.

And of course they go on to bash his restaurants.

They say he “thinks he’s The Man,” misrepresents Middle America, and wears douchey clothes.

Give the Guy a Break!

And with that, I need to go look for my bowling shirts!

Fireworks!

Quite frankly, I liked it better when fireworks were illegal.

Really folks, last night was a bit over the top.

Did I say, “…last night…,” make that more like the last two weeks.

What is it with all the fireworks days and days before and after the holidays?

In Georgia, where fireworks were not sold to the public until the last 10  years or so, they are now all the rage.

It’s not just the 4th of July!

Christmas, New Years, Halloween, even Easter!

I don’t think Jesus is pleased at all!

I do remember the fireworks display at the football field in Germantown back in the day.  They were truly “ooh and aah” worthy.

Do they still have those?

It was a good time for the community to come together and coalesce around an awe inspiring patriotic display.  It was a good thing.

Fireworks date back to the Tang Dynasty of China in the 7th century.  As a matter of fact, the Chinese invented them.  I know, I thought it was rednecks too, but alas, no.

Even today, fireworks are a big part of Chinese culture, and the art of fireworks making is actually a profession there.

Back then and still today, “pyrotechnicians” are respected for the knowledge and ability to create massive fireworks displays.

When they were invented, the Chinese believed they would help to expel evil spirits, bring good luck, and create happiness.

Well, they were right on the happiness part.

And there are a lot of happy people in my neighborhood!

Fireworks were exclusively Chinese until about 1240 A.D. when the Syrians discovered the rocket type fireworks after learning from the Chinese how to make them.  One man even called them Chinese Flowers.

Some believe Marco Polo brought fireworks (as well as noodles) back to Italy after his travels.  Others claim the Spanish and Portuguese picked them UP and introduced them to the West.

That may ring true as Western Spanish cultures like Mexico, Brazil, and Central America are fireworks crazy!  When I was in Mexico 50 years ago this summer I remember being amazed at the fireworks suits worn by Oaxacans in the many festivals there. (See video below.)

In the mid 17th century, everything Chinese became all the rage in Europe, and they really took off.

Peter the Great of Russia was a real fan.  One of his ambassadors turned him on to them when he said referring to the Chinese, “They make such fireworks that no one in Europe has ever seen.”  Peter, ever the sucker for imported culture was hooked.

Now, we’re hooked.  Disney is noted for its nightly fireworks display.  And there might be a Super Bowl without the Steelers, but there can’t be a Super Bowl without a fly-over and fireworks!

Frankly, I’ve had enough for this year!  And so have the neighborhood dogs!

 

and…

You May Want To Look Away…

Some of you may want to look away.

I’m slightly annoyed with this whole recount business UP nawth, and most especially pissed at Dr. Jill Stein.

Now, I have for the most part been quiet on the blog about the election.  Oh, yes, yes, I know, I did a post or two, and I’ve chimed in a time or two on a Facebook post, but I’ve tried – and I’m sure failed – NOT to be inflammatory.

Well, put your flame retardant onesie on.

During the election cycle, in a private exchange on the internet with a family member I jokingly said, “My biggest fear is that now that Mother and Daddy are dead, they will vote Democrat for the first time!”

It was shortly after the James Madison University voting scandal erupted, it was meant in humor, and it was NOT.WELL.RECEIVED.

Not.

Not at all!

The comment back was loaded with sarcasm, I’ll paraphrase, “…sure, sure, if Trump loses the election it will be because of all the dead voters and the illegals streaming in to vote…”

We, out of family harmony, moved on to other topics far less dangerous.

But, the country hasn’t.

Prior to the stunning result of Donald Trump actually winning the presidency, every one – including me – thought he’d lose, and make a fuss like no other when he did.

Well, it didn’t happen that way.

The fuss did.

But not by Secretary Clinton.

Blame can be spread around a plenty, but like I said UP there, Dr. Jill is part of the problem, a big part, and what she’s doing in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania is useless, expensive, wasteful, divisive, and just plain wrong.

Frankly, Dr. Stein cares less about America than Putin in my book, and she for darn sure doesn’t give a crap about democracy.

If she did, she’d be recounting a few other places as well.

Like Colorado where Secretary Clinton won by fewer than 72,000 votes, or Minnesota where she received 43,784 more votes than President Elect Trump, or Maine where she won by 20,035.

And what about hard fought Nevada?

She garnered 26,434 more votes than the Republican Candidate in Nevada, and gave him a shellacking of 6,762 votes in New Hampshire.

I don’t see teams of re-counters dashing to those states to assure the American voting public that Democracy lives in Reno, Vegas, or Minneola!

Hmmmm?

 

Here’s why.

Dr. Jill is a spoiler. She cares nothing for democracy, America, American values, or for that matter freedom.

If Dr. Jill had her way, we’d all be living 1984  or Anthem lives.

She’s a socialist who borders on communism.

And she showed her true colors last week when she referred to Fidel Castro as “…a beacon of justice in the shadow of empire…”

Yeah, yeah, I know, I mentioned that one before, but humor me, it’s my blog, and quite frankly, I’m still pissed about it, and everyone needs to realize just how dangerous this woman is!

By expressing her adoration for Fidel in that light, she is telling us what she and every other true socialist believes.

Capitalists, capitalism, freedoms, democracy, and freedom of thought must be squashed.

She thinks it just that Fidel Castro gunned down hundreds of Cuban dissidents after Raul blindfolded them and while Che watched.

She thinks it fair that thousands were imprisoned in Cuba for dissenting.

She thinks it’s just dandy that voting rights were denied there when Cubans were forced to vote and vote for one party – the Socialist Party.

She thinks all that’s OK because that’s the way socialists think.

She may not wield a gun in the revolution, but she’d re-load Fidel’s if she could.

What she’s doing in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania is wrong. She’s doing it to divide America further.

She’s doing it to fill the coffers of the Green Party to allow them a larger voice in the political conversation.

And if any voice needs to be silenced, it’s that one.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Fidel Castro is dead!

Yeah!

Yeah!

Yeah!

All weekend long we listened to Jimmy Carter, Jesse Jackson, Dr, Jill Stein, and others laud Castro as a great leader, a hero, a beacon of justice!, and a man who loved his country.

  1. Not a hero.
  2. Not a leader.
  3. Had no clue what justice is.
  4. Loved his power; the location was a matter of convenience.

Forget for a moment the thousands of political prisoners he held captive during his oppressive regime.  Forget for a minute the thousands of dissidents he murdered in the name of socialism.  Forget for a moment the thousands of women he raped.   Forget for a little while the millions of Cuban exiles who longed for home, family, culture, and property.  Forget just for a time the hundreds of businesses he stole from their rightful owners.

For a moment, forget all that.

But if you’re part of my generation, think back to October of 1962.

Remember your parents; how they felt, what they said, how much closer they hugged you.

In 1962, Castro led the world to the brink of nuclear war.  Castro was the Cuban Missile Crisis.  It was his doing, his knuckling to pressure from the Soviets that brought our nation to the very cusp of catastrophe.

It was Castro who traumatized a nation.

And though I’ll never forget those he murdered, robbed, imprisoned, and raped – they may fade.

But I will never forget the Cuban Missile Crisis as it forever changed our nation.

I will never call him a hero, a man who loved is country, a leader.

And to call him a “beacon of justice in the shadow of empire” is pure lunacy.  And no one who truly loves this nation could possibly feel that way about him.

He was an international terrorist and we should have taken him out decades ago.

Remember President Kennedy on television telling the nation just how close we were to destruction.

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And if you don’t remember, or you’ve never heard of this, take 20 minutes to watch this…

…for nearly 19 minutes, John F. Kennedy showed the world what a leader was.

Castro: no leader, no hero, only a tyrant.

He’s dead; sic semper tyrannis.