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On “To Lift This Great Social Incubus of Bad Cooking

Alton is great. His pitch for Good Eats was "Julia Child meets Mr Wizard.' Love that show.

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……………………………………….It's a food post.

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If cooking was a true meritocracy, all the mamaws and nonas would be the holders of vast wealth.

On “2019 Time Capsule

Joe Biden/Val Demings will be the D ticket, the economy will crash, Trump eeks out a win anyway defying all logic

On “Ben Shapiro Works Those Feelings

That was the most read piece of that year on OT, by a good bit

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That's were being in a mid-sized city, but really close to a major city that has an enormous academic/cultural base to it really helps out. We get flow over from folks looking to double or triple up on opportunities.

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Our local symphony, which includes mostly folks who play in multiple symphony's/groups as is common now like Richard was eluding to for economic reasons, do a half-dozen or so chamber and ensemble pieces dates at the historic, downtown Episcopalian church. The result is at least one or two of these gets an organ spot involved as it is right there, might as well use it.

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Thank you Chip, really appreciate that.

On “Ben Shapiro Works Those Feelings

This is where I, Christian who has long despised prosperity gospel and all it's adherents and acolytes, differentiate between sincere practitioners of the faith who by and large are immensely charitable, and what I call "Christianity, Inc" the business driven eco-system that tries to create a parallel religious world that mirrors the secular one but with way more Jesus-branded stuff to sell. That latter group very much falls under what you are proffering here with "help those who help themselves" since they feel entitled to all the help for themselves.

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Yep I remember, was doing religious studies at the time and it was a slog doing any kind of discussion groups/boards with them folks

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This is of course referring to theological, what I would call Seminary, Calvinism and not our rank-and-file reformist friends: There is a real nihilist strand of thought that runs through the heart of true Calvinism, that once you accept there is no free-will or agency of man whatsoever you start getting into excusing off all sorts of things as "just how it is" as opposed to mankind holding responsibility themselves. It's not meant that way, of course, but is at the heart of it if you drill down enough. If you talk yourself into following a a cult of personality, I suspect a similar line of excuses runs through the mind, if thought out at all. A socio-political Deus Vult, for the politically simpleminded or grifter enabled.

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I've been fiddling internally with a rough concept of conservatism going more Calvinistic than it's traditional interpretation, but was thinking that was too niche for a wider audience. Maybe I should rethink that.

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Just taking this opportunity to publicly reiterate my loathing of JD Vance as a person, author/commentator, and marketing brand. That is all.

On “Bless the Food, And the Hands That Provided It

Of all the food from living in Europe I miss the fresh bread and related baked goods in the mornings the most

On “Who Can Stop Biden?

Biden is over 50% approval with African-American voters in SC currently, to answer your question.

On “Songs!

I mean, all due respect to everyone's opinions but this isn't even a conversation: A coked-up David Ruffin emoting all over the mic while singing a song so gut-wrench Motown staff songwriter Roger Penzabene allegedly wrote it about his own wife cheating on him, committed suicide a week after it's release.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-oD331J3ss

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I take that as a compliment George

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You, meanwhile, are seduced by that noise and appear to be willing to forgive and forget that MA left several victims of economic crimes?
yeah...that's totally what happened here...I thought reading comprehension was part of the Bar Exam but perhaps they do things differently now.

On “On Changing The Subject

We going to talk about ESPN's short-lived Rush Limbaugh experiment, or nah?

On “On Changing The Subject

Your right about the last part. The cord cutting and politics can, and are, running concurrently.