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Crock pot Chile Colorado Beef Burritos

Fall is my favorite time of year — cooler temperatures, colorful leaves and tasty food that calls for inviting friends over for dinner. Crock pot Chile Colorado Beef Burritos 1-1/2 to 2 lbs. beef 1 large can (19 oz) mild enchilada sauce 2 beef bouillon cubes 5-7 burrito-sized flour ...

Young people, the GOP is scared of you

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color: The Republicans are scared of you. Maybe you find that hard to believe. Maybe you wonder how the party can be scared of you — or of anybody — given that it controls all three branches of the federal ...

Complaints that the Senate is undemocratic ring hollow

In the wake of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a lot of people are suddenly very mad that the Senate is “undemocratic.” I’m unmoved. The reason for my indifference is twofold. First, this alleged outrage fits a time-honored tradition of progressives declaring ...

It’s Lice

"It could be eczema," I said. "It's lice," my friend repeated. "Psoriasis?" "Lice." "Dry skin from the weather changing?" "Lice." "Do you see any lice in my hair?" I asked. "No." "So, then it could be anything." "It's lice," she repeated again. "Allergies? Brain tumor? Some ...

Man Guide: Tire Edition (grunt) (smash)

Men, the stories have told, do manly things; we chop things with axes, consume cans of beer at alarming rates, use ice from coolers to save our limbs to be re-attached when we accidentally cut them off when we consume beer at an alarming rate while chopping things. You know, man stuff. When my ...

Political highway signs

Anyone traveling on US Highway 34, between Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield in the last few years, has no doubt noticed the political signs. They’re sort of belligerent, in your face, crude and to be honest, compared to the natural beauty of the Skunk River bottom, an eyesore, or what is now ...

Relief at the Pump on the Way

Gasoline prices are finally coming down, dropping over 25 cents per gallon since the beginning of October. American refineries had been running near full capacity for months, converting crude oil into fuel at a record rate. As a result, U.S. gasoline inventories are at a record high for this ...

How not to modernize Saudi Arabia

If, as appears increasingly likely, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, then he has joined Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un among the ranks of rogue leaders who assassinate their critics on foreign soil. The only difference is that the Russian ...

Arizona voters can save their judiciary from its spiral into politics

This year’s election that most implicates fundamental issues of American governance will not fill a legislative or executive office. And its importance is not primarily that it will either repudiate or reward dishonesty and cynicism in the service of factional grasping. Rather, Arizona’s ...

Democrats know they can always count on the media

This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in preparation for a 2020 presidential run, decided to fight back against President Trump’s brutal nickname for her: Pocahontas. Trump, you’ll recall, labeled her Pocahontas because for years, she has claimed Native American ancestry. Not only ...

Lady Liberty on trial under Trump

Donald Trump’s war on immigration has focused mostly on Mexicans and other Latin-Americans illegally crossing our southern border, and on his commitment to build a huge wall to keep them out. So far it has been all talk and no action despite the advantage of a Republican-controlled ...

Midterms about future of American freedom

According to the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of those supporting Democratic candidates and 18 percent of those supporting Republican candidates say, “If a person is rich, it is because he or she had more advantages in life than most other people.” This from a new Pew survey of ...

Refrain from containing

After viewing a friend’s recent blog post, I was introduced to the topic of Container Baby Syndrome. A condition in which newborns and infants are left in “container” device for an extended amount of time. Such devices include a car seat, stroller, Boppy pillow, Bumbo seats, ...

Elizabeth Warren’s no ‘woman of color’

So, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has announced she commissioned a DNA test to address her long-standing claims of having Cherokee ancestry. The Boston Globe reported that her DNA analysis “suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.” The fraction 1/1,024 works out to 0.09 ...

The Khashoggi affair

Major media are now reporting that the Saudis are “preparing” to admit that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, died in their consulate in Istanbul, as the result of an interrogation gone wrong. Odds are good that admittance will never come. The ...

The value of business partnerships

The United States faces a significant workforce challenge as businesses grow and the employee pipeline shrinks. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the national unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, with six million individuals available for work. There are 6.9 million job openings in the ...

Don’t bother. They’re here

All these years — 61 and counting — and not once have I been associated with a mob. Until now. This is exhilarating. “Harassing members at their homes,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The New York Times, “crowding the halls with people acting horribly, the effort to ...

Don’t look for civility unless Democrats win in November

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Hillary Clinton told CNN last Tuesday. Her words cannot be taken literally, for you can be civil if you want to; they’re a statement that she doesn’t want to. That’s the bad ...

There’s “Lots 2 Love” about the School Lunch Program

grams in United States history is the National School Lunch program — and today as we celebrate National School Lunch Week this Oct. 15-19, it’s important to reflect on the millions and millions of children who have benefited from this program over the years. This year schools will ...

The electoral college debate

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of the Senate’s confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She was lamenting the fact that ...