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I am a retired university instructor of English language and literature, having spent the bulk of my teaching career in Asia and the Middle East. Overseas teaching definitely has a shelf life, though, so I now work on a semi-retired basis as a freelance indexer. You don’t get rich doing that, but the lack of any bosses suits me well.

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Impeachment Inquiry Has Begun In-part: A memorandum, submitted by the committee on July 26...
DharmaBum50 comments on Aug 2, 2019:
Well past time. Let's get this party started.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l214kuczWBU
This is something I've been saying needs to happen.
DharmaBum50 comments on Aug 1, 2019:
If you insist...
Polarization of red and blue thinking is doing a number on this country.
DharmaBum50 comments on Aug 1, 2019:
An admirable pursuit. On a smaller scale, I belong to a local branch of the Drinking Liberally organization. My friend Jim, the head of that branch, has proposed inviting red-thinkers to one of our monthly meetings for the purpose of civil debate over beers. So far, no rightwing takers.
What do you think? Too farfetched? [theunitedstatesblues.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Aug 1, 2019:
That is why it is important that tRump and tRump administration officials who disregard subpoenas and such be held legally accountable NOW--before it ever reaches that point. The longer they go doing whatever the fuck they want with impunity, the more the "rule of law" becomes a joke and full-blown dictatorship a looming reality.
Moscow Mitch Merchandise!!! [nbcnews.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Aug 1, 2019:
Ordered mine just before you posted! Glad to see the KY Dems are rolling with this!
Yes, these are real t-shirts
DharmaBum50 comments on Aug 1, 2019:
I don't know where you can get this particular design, but I have a tee-shirt, buttons, and bumperstickers ordered from the Kentucky Democratic Party that read "Just say 'nyet' to Moscow Mitch!" https://store.kydemocrats.org/moscow-mitch/ Glad to see the party is running with it.
As a Cajun, it is easy to be misunderstood when we talk about our first love (food) so here is a ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 31, 2019:
My first girlfriend was a Cajun from New Iberia, home of Tabasco sauce. The relationship was pretty much a flash in the pan, but during that brief time, she taught this Tarheel how to cook a number of Cajun dishes--and that has lasted my whole life.
Does anyone know why Cream called this song Badge? [youtube.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 31, 2019:
Apparently no hidden meaning of any sort. It was a misreading of "bridge." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badge_(song)
A few memes I’ve collected:
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 31, 2019:
I especially like the first one.
I keep banging my head on the wall trying to figure out why the tRumpthuglicans are so hell bent on ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 31, 2019:
Follow the money trail....
Trump 'rodent' tweets ring true at Kushner-owned apartments [apnews.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 31, 2019:
Let's make #Kushnervilles go viral....
If tRump is still occupying the White House past January 20th, 2021 (notice, i did not say he won ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 31, 2019:
There are any number of interesting variations that would be worth considering. The Defenestration of Prague, 1618, comes to mind.
Hippie Commune?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 31, 2019:
The closest I got to that was when I lived in this big boarding house back home in Durham, NC. Most of the residents were Duke grad students, including me, but there were a couple other sorts, including a nurse from Louisiana and a Weatherman just released from prison. We formed a tight community that involved a communal kitchen (and dope stash). I still keep in touch with some of those folks.
He was there too.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 30, 2019:
Love it that it's a Russian space suit. LOL
For dinner tonight, it is left overs.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 30, 2019:
Thanks for posting this, looks tasty. We're on the keto diet these days, and I'm always looking for new keto-friendly recipes.
Honesty...is hardly ever heard.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 29, 2019:
Remember....
WOW! The internet is erupting over Trump's racist tweets! From AOC to George Bush’s daughter ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 28, 2019:
"Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one." -- *Baltimore Sun*
Apparently, our host, @frayedbear has been banished from Agnostic.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 28, 2019:
He lit into me once for not including a recipe, but otherwise, I had no problems with him. I'd be curious to know the reasons.
[alternet.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 28, 2019:
They nailed it!
Good Morning my Hippie Friends.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 28, 2019:
My sincere condolences. Losing a canine companion can be as painful as losing a human one--in some ways, perhaps even more painful.
Linda's partner in crime stopped by for some "people skills" advice.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Redneck pesto, I love it. As a Kentuckian, I'm stealing that idea.... LOL
Tomato season means fresh BLT's with garden lettuce and fresh picked tomato.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 27, 2019:
What low-carb wraps do you use? Looks delicious!
The wrong seal is flashed at a conservative teen event where trump spoke. :) [cnn.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 25, 2019:
Actually, I think considering where the country and the "presidency" stand now, the *right* seal was flashed... ;-)
Absolutely hilarious! 😆😆😆 Trump appears in front of altered presidential seal saying ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 25, 2019:
Also, the eagle is holding a wad of cash in its other talon instead of an olive branch. LOL
Dumber & Dumber
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 25, 2019:
Tom Toles, one of the best editorial cartoonists!
The shining in the WH
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 25, 2019:
All work and no golf makes Donny a dull boy.
Devin Nunes’s behavior during the Mueller hearing was bizarre — unless you watch Fox News ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 25, 2019:
Absurd, but Nunes is right about one thing--"It's what happens in banana republics." And Banana Republics R Us since January, 2017.
Trump got trolled big time [washingtonpost.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 25, 2019:
OMG, the person/people responsible should get a medal! I love the details--in addition to the Russian-style eagle, one talon is holding cash (rather than an olive branch), the other is holding golfing gear (rather than arrows), and the motto reads "45 es un titere" ("45 is a puppet," rather than "E pluribus unum"). Brilliant!
He's a whiney snowflake..
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 25, 2019:
He's the worst snowflake of all!
Trump Cancels Appearance At The NAACP Convention Because He Doesn’t Want To Be Asked Questions | ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 23, 2019:
Not a huge surprise. Great response from the NAACP Board Chairman Leon Russell: “It’s extremely unfortunate that during these pressing and urgent times, the President has chosen to turn his back on the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization – though I must admit, his refusal to attend our convention is not totally unexpected. “As a nonpartisan civil rights organization, we’ve hosted President Obama, Clinton, Bush Jr., and Reagan, to name a few. This is a historic departure from past presidents’ engagements with the Association. “During his campaign, President Trump asked us ‘what do you have to lose?’ This is the second time President Trump has refused an offer to speak at our annual convention. We get the message loud and clear. The President’s decision today underscores the harsh fact: we have lost – we’ve lost the will of the current Administration to listen to issues facing the Black community."
This is important!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 23, 2019:
Especially if you live in a swing state. Hopefully we will have a candidate this time who condescends to campaign in them.... Just sayin'..,.
These are words from his friends!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 23, 2019:
As H. L. Mencken predicted almost a century back...
What's the difference?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 22, 2019:
It would be nice to think of the inflated Nazi gas bag meeting the same end as the blimp....
Ok I am making the big step to an I phone.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 22, 2019:
I'm one of the last Luddite holdouts, I reckon. No smartphone of any sort here. And I still take pictures with an actual camera.
I just finished one of my frequent emails to the White House.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 21, 2019:
I think you have pinpointed the thing that aggravates him the most--that in most people's minds, he will never be as popular or as classy or as intelligent or as presidential as Obama was. Have at it!
Great rant!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 21, 2019:
Great rant--too bad it's just fantasy. Wasn't happening like that even under that Muslim Kenyan guy.
Trump supporters be like...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 21, 2019:
Actually describes the self-defeating tendencies of non-affluent Republican voters in general (just fill in the blame blank after "fucking" in the third frame--Mexicans, taxes, Obamacare, gays, whatever), but yeah, that's a good one.
Capitalism is so ugly A bunch of 25 grapes sold for 11000$, Someone pays 11000$ for a bunch of...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 20, 2019:
It gets worse. Shizuoka melons have gone for as much as $45,000 and routinely go for $200 apiece at the supermarket. It's an aspect of the Japanese gift-giving culture. https://www.businessinsider.com/japanese-melons-cost-price-so-expensive-japan-2019-6 Fortunately, fruit meant for actual consumption is much cheaper, as I learned from my time teaching there. On the other hand, CEO pay there isn't nearly as outrageous as the US's, as seen in the graph below.
Hot day and cold food.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 19, 2019:
There's a tuna/pasta recipe I make sometimes with tomato, cucumber, yogurt, dill, and yellow mustard. Very refreshing.
"Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, 'regretted,' that ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 19, 2019:
Spot on. Mayer could be talking about modern-day Amurikkka. Just like Orwell's novel was thirty-three years ahead of its time.
Eee gads.. we all know who would be the centerfold.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 18, 2019:
That would put People of Walmart to shame. +o(
I made this for a friend in 2016...it is even truer today...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 18, 2019:
I want one!
Let's make today a national therapy day.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 18, 2019:
When the Orange Shitstain was "elected," I posted several cartoons on Facebook, including the brilliant David Horsey one attached below. I was told by tRump-supporting (former) friends to "get a grip" and stop being so hyperbolic. Fuck those assholes. Isn't this *exactly* where we are now, both in terms of tRump and his knuckle-dragging followers as depicted in this cartoon?
I need an anti-Trump hat or something.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 18, 2019:
Here's the one I wear. Its main shortcoming in current Amurikkkant society, however, is that it requires the person seeing it to be culturally literate enough to be familiar with Orwell's *1984*.
Are you voting?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 17, 2019:
Anyone but tRump.
The following I am submitting as a letter to the editor to several large newspapers: Please spread ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 16, 2019:
Bravo! Love the "three Ps" angle.
Turkey chili on the grill tonight.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 15, 2019:
Love it--"Let it simmer like a good resentment." Looks like tasty chili, too.
This is a long article from "Church & State," published by United Americans for Separation of Church...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 15, 2019:
This legislation is especially dangerous as more and more of our hospitals and other healthcare facilities fall under religious control--Catholic and Baptist facilities come immediately to mind.
Nothing is sacred to this administration [cnn.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 15, 2019:
Actually, this brings out the one thing that IS sacred to this administration--The Almighty Dollar.
Can he be more obvious?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 14, 2019:
I doubt it would be possible to be more obvious. What I'm waiting for is a politically meaningful reaction to his blatant racism, which is already a matter of public record.
Tiny statues of Trump with signs reading Pee On Me appear in Brooklyn  | Daily Mail Online
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 14, 2019:
No doubt Gable has adapted the pissoir model we used at our anti-tRump July 4th party. LOL
Happy Hippy Friday.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 12, 2019:
Isn't there an on/off switch on your TV, or whatever device you're listening to that fascist moron on?
A goof-proof salmon dish! I don't like canned salmon.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 12, 2019:
Chef Paul seasonings make just about anything tasty.
Art of the day. What do you see?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 11, 2019:
An idealized rendition of meditation--minus the aching legs and monkey mind.
Do you use cast iron skillets or other cast iron cookware?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 10, 2019:
I have skillets of all sizes, a grill pan, and a Dutch oven. I frequently cook recipes out of a new magazine called Southern Cast Iron. My cornbread is always cooked in a cast iron skillet.
[yahoo.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 9, 2019:
And here's the strategy she's going to use. My enthusiasm was immediately quashed. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/09/amy-mcgrath-seeks-makeover-pro-trump-democrat/1680960001/?fbclid=IwAR1kurhrroh8xJE0ACgUWOWQG4VXALXcw8P6AwEPVi1Of3kyNoCTPBlTrmg
People in this group sometimes wonder why we Kentuckians can't manage to "ditch Mitch.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 9, 2019:
Harry Truman said it best:
Improvised snack.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 9, 2019:
I'm on keto at the moment, so that recipe will have to wait. LOL
Now trump is calling fox news fake news? [yahoo.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 8, 2019:
As they say in this neck of the woods, even a blind hog roots up an acorn once in a while.
22 Bible Verses on Welcoming Immigrants | Sojourners
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 8, 2019:
Sorry, I couldn't find those verses in this edition:
Might be a job she is qualified for
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 6, 2019:
That is truly a remarkable outfit. It also bears some resemblance to a certain cartoon character.
Trump's Recessional The president’s speech existed only to provide a reason why he needed to ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 6, 2019:
"Nothing that America cannot do" -- except maybe enact a credible universal health care plan, for example?
Pastafarianism & The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - YouTube
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 6, 2019:
Not a believer in his noodly appendage, but a hilarious commentary!
Good Morning Fellow Hippies -trying to catch up on sleep from my NJ vacation.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 5, 2019:
Ah, sleepin' with the Captain, I see... :-)
I’m having to deal with a Trump supporter on Quora.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 5, 2019:
The psychological term for that kind of behavior is "cognitive dissonance."
The Fourth of July Is an Idea and Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand It [thebulwark.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 3, 2019:
Excellent editorial. Thanks for sharing.
It's a deal!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 1, 2019:
Not entirely accurate--the emperor hasn't had any clothes for quite some time. LOL
I'm surrounded.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jul 1, 2019:
Best of luck to you. It's in times like this I'm glad I'm self-employed and working with people via my computer. I wouldn't be able to survive in a work environment such as yours. Hats off to you for your forbearance. You are welcome here.
Trump Admits He 'Gets Along' Better With Dictators Than With American Journalists [huffpost.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 30, 2019:
As they say, birds of a feather--well, you know. LOL
Yet one more fucking holiday ruined by tRump.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 30, 2019:
@EllenDale and I are having our own personal protest celebration as one small countermeasure to that usurpation. I hope many other progressive folks out there will do something similar, and post pictures here from them. It's one small way to keep sane in these dark times.
At your local Exxon station...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 29, 2019:
One of the safest bets I've ever seen.
Good morning fellow foodies! I've a lifestyle question for the group.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 26, 2019:
My father-in-law was like that. I'm the opposite--I usually cook things I can thoroughly enjoy for another day or two. And if it's a stew, it just gets better.
Happy Hippie Tuesday! Its raining again -actually pouring.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 25, 2019:
Yep--that's why "Ramblin' Man" is one of my favorite songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUTORC4eoGc
The most annoying evah!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 25, 2019:
I can't fucking stand the sound of his voice; that notwithstanding, I'm told I've developed a pretty good imitation of it. LOL
LACQUERED BACON RECIPE.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 25, 2019:
Looks like that would work well as a Bloody Mary garnish.
Tonight, Connie made German Rouladen.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 23, 2019:
Das sieht lecker aus!
CELEBRATE (For like minds around the World) @DharmaBum50 and his late wife threw what they called a...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 23, 2019:
We look forward to seeing your photographs!
What is the best knickname for our current President of the United States?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 22, 2019:
Fuckface von Clownstick.
What a great concert!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 22, 2019:
My kind of music! Stooges and MC5!
Please tell me he never said this.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 22, 2019:
Coming from the same guy who claimed that windmills cause cancer? At least his statement about drones is true, if only because a drone by definition is an unmanned vehicle. LOL
What is your favorite hot sauce?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 21, 2019:
I like different hot sauces for different purposes, but my favorite just as something to spice up already-prepared food is called Scorned Woman. It's quite hot, but it has a unique flavor that comes from the use of several kinds of peppers. Don't get mad...get even!!! https://www.hotsauce.com/scorned-woman-hot-sauce/
One of my favorite foods to make is soups.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 20, 2019:
My favorite soup is a southern stew, Brunswick stew. The main meat in it used to be squirrel, but these days it's chicken and possibly some pork added in. Vegetables vary but usually must include corn and lima/butter beans to be considered "authentic." It's often served along with pulled pork BBQ.
Several more visitors this morning.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 20, 2019:
Beautiful animals--just so long as it's not your garden they're munching on.
Any of you been to Mesa Verde?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 19, 2019:
The year I wanted to go, it was closed because of forest fires. But I did get to Canyon de Chelly in northeastern Arizona then, only 150 miles or so southwest. The ruins are amazing, as is the geology of the canyon itself.
China Is Cutting Tariffs—For Everyone Else As Trump focuses on disruption, Beijing is evidently ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 19, 2019:
Soooo much winning!
Our Orlando Sentinel endorsement for president in 2020: Not Donald Trump | Editorial By ORLANDO ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 19, 2019:
Damn, that's brutal--and spot on!
Things are getting a little soggy in Orlando. What smells worse than a wet bigot?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 19, 2019:
If I believed in a more ordered universe, I'd say it was karma.
It's Rhubarb season all summer in Alaska - so I made my version of Rhubarb cobbler with Almond - ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 18, 2019:
Why did you use the different flours and stevia? Are you on the keto diet?
Who is the best guitarist? Feel free to add to the list.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 18, 2019:
If I had to pick one, I suppose it would be Jimi. Fortunately, I don't have to.... :-)
Another "Jackie O?!" I don't think so.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 16, 2019:
How delusional can one man or his lemming-like followers get??? Jackie Kennedy was a class act, and the whole tRump clan is like the Beverly Hillbillies.
7 Reasons I Hate Trump
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Only 7?
A lovely, touching sentiment on Father's Day from your favorite asshole....
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 16, 2019:
What a fucking shitheel. Not much more to be said than that--his unpresidential behavior just boggles the mind.
Anyone eat goat?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Had it during my six years in the UAE, and there's a local farmer who sometimes supplies the Indian restaurant in Richmond, KY, with it. It can be quite tasty there.
Why Trump won ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 13, 2019:
And the woman who wrote the emails couldn't be bothered to campaign in swing states that she ended up losing by very slim margins.
One of my favorite food sites is Village Food.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 12, 2019:
I love Indian food, and I'm just branching out to the southern part. I'll be checking this site often, thanks for sharing.
Tree that was given by marcon as a symbol of friendship dies.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 10, 2019:
There couldn't be a more fitting symbol of the European/American relationship under tRump than that. If I were a tree, I'd also shrivel up and die--or maybe sprout legs and run as fast as I could if sitting there in front of that White House was my only alternative.
Smoky bacon cheddar quiche with a bit of fresh chives and basil from my daughter's herb garden.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 10, 2019:
All I saw in the lead-in was "smoky bacon cheddar," and I was hooked. Is there a recipe?
Golf on your own dime act. Brilliant!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 10, 2019:
Perhaps the following link explains it. I think it's a great idea, especially when the Offender-in-Chief campaigned on Obama's supposed golfing excess. But I guess it's OK if you're a Republican. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/walter-shaub-tump-golf-on-your-dime_n_5cfc4b2ee4b04e90f1ca69ea
"Boston’s ‘Straight Pride’ Parade Organizers Have Disturbing Far Right Wing Ties .
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Will the parade look something like this?
I am really quite peeved.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jun 6, 2019:
His loss, for sure.

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