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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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Reading Cookbooks Besides cooking and eating, i also like reading cookbooks, especially ones from ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 4, 2020:
You definitely need the Aquavit to deal with the lutefisk.
Fill up your tanks and keep them topped.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Yet more winning!
It makes a great fire starter too!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 2, 2020:
This is actually a thing, in the same way that Rumsfeld's press conferences, etc., were made into absurdist poetry. Here are a couple of the "poems" in it. Enjoy!
Potlikker Soup The traditional New Year's Day meal in my part of the country is comprised of ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 1, 2020:
I love pot likker soup! Thought about that for today, but opted for another blackeyed peas/greens meal.
Happy New Year to all the members of this group! My wish for the new year is to no longer see ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 1, 2020:
And to you as well. But until that happens, it's....
George Conway tweeted that Nancy P is holding a New Years eve party inside trumps head .
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 1, 2020:
Thereby putting that big empty space to good use!
I was near Mar a Lago this morning, the cops barricade everything but from a distance I saw a group ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
SMFH
ALEX JONES ordered to pay 100,000 in Sandy Hook case, judge rules.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
Goodbye 2019
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Back atcha!
The hospital clerk asked my religion before a medical procedure.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Be happy it was an option. During my working residence in the UAE, there was a census, and there were only three boxes for the census taker to check. "Atheist" was not one of them. In fact, atheism was criminalized, so I had to grit my teeth and swallow my bile and tell him "Christian."
Happy New Year to a great community!
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Back atcha!
Americans Favor Fifteen Dollars an Hour for Congress 😄😂🤣😁 By Andy Borowitz - April ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
And let's add a $1,000 per-bill penalty for senators who don't do their jobs and leave stacks of unfinished work collecting dust on their desks.
Wishing you all a fabulous food 2020.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Happy Foodie New Year to you as well!
Far Right Trump Supporters Promising Civil War is Imminent On a highway about 100 miles ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Except the tRump hats in the picture come in both those colors, so it would still be confusing. LOL
Federal Reserve report finds Trump's tariffs raised prices, cut employment and hurt US manufacturers...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 30, 2019:
I've asked it before, and I'll ask it again. Are you tired of winning yet?
Remembering those Tangerine Dreams [youtube.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 29, 2019:
As I recall, I liked *Stratosfear* and *Phaedra* somewhat more, but this album is interesting in its own way.
[mavenroundtable.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 29, 2019:
Hard to tell if the end will be quick, through a greed-driven nuclear war, or slow, through overpopulation and/or greed- / stupidity- driven climate change denial, but yes, I agree.
[understandingcompassion.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 29, 2019:
He rocks a lot more with his philanthropy than he does with his music.
My reply is "is Mexico paying for the wall"?
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 28, 2019:
To some of the great suggestions below, I would add a church tax. A veritable cash cow!
Can’t verify this but nothing would surprise me The subsidies to save the U.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 28, 2019:
That sounds oddly socialistic. Hmmm....
Feta cheese/olive bread. A derivative of the Feta cheese/spinach recipe. TBC!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 27, 2019:
I'll await your recipe with eager anticipation. I know somebody near me who makes something similar, but he's an egotistical a-hole, and I've been avoiding asking him for the recipe just so I don't help to inflate his ego any further.
No kidding, my cousin in Ohio put these on her tree.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 26, 2019:
How could you stand to be near it?
‘Loneliest Man In America’ Donald Trump Is ‘Malignant Narcissist’ With No Friends, Mental ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Awww, poor guy.
I like to seek out ancient recipies and try to make them.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Interesting set of articles, and the recipes looked worth a try just for a view into the ancient Roman world.
Maga talking points [snowflakevictory.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
I'll take your word for it. Clicked on the link, and got a warning about the risk of visiting the site. Not sure if it was because of the virus potential or the bullshit overload, but I chose not to accept the risk.
Saur kraut soup would be great if it didn't have saur kraut in it! My grandma used to make it every ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
That actually sounds pretty good to me. Googled it, and a number of recipes of various nationalities popped up.
Quick!!! Before supplies run out!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Already have mine!
The (Legal) War Against Nonbelievers
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Great article, thanks for posting it! The argument that Christians are being disenfranchised in this country is simply laughable, but I suppose given that mentality, if you don't have actual persecution, you have to invent it.
This just in from FB.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
And once again....
Ho Ho Ho...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
I'd love to see intern-mint--for all of these corrupt assholes.
Trump is one of the only people happy to get coal for xmas...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Well, hopefully it's Kentucky coal, since he and #MoscowMitch have done so much to bring back the industry here.
Trump campaign encourages supporters to confront their ‘snowflake’ relatives - POLITICO
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Soooo glad I don't celebrate this holiday and therefore don't have to deal with what few but loud tRumptard relatives I have. It could get bloody.
FBI looking into pardons by ex-KY Gov.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 24, 2019:
I'm just dying to see one of these rightwing fucks behind bars. Maybe Bevin will be the start of a trend.
Space for solitude
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 24, 2019:
There's a hiking trail near here that leads to several overlooks of the area. The physical exercise and beautiful views manage to take me out of my head for a while. Otherwise, I like to get in my car, put some tunes in the CD player (type of music depends on my mood, ranging from old-timey mountain music to Dylan to hard-core metal), and drive the back roads. Has to be the back roads because the interstate just further tenses me up
Trump praises Gabbard for not voting to impeach: “I give her a lot of respect.”
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 23, 2019:
She had already lost me with her previous anti-LGBT stances, and I didn't find her "evolution" the slightest bit convincing. So this just puts her a couple pegs higher on my shit list.
Rudy Giuliani thinks the Southern District of New York might be investigating him because they're ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 23, 2019:
These people are delusional, every last one of them.
Matt Bevin released a child rapist after 18 mons.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 17, 2019:
For what it's worth, these pardons will be investigated: https://www.lex18.com/news/covering-kentucky/senate-president-kentucky-senate-majority-calls-for-investigation-into-bevin-pardons?fbclid=IwAR1zizGZpKQNWICb-vzIzALGY0u3AAWXnbYVFeXmVyh3SIYasUIKeEZmT5s
Top 4 Reasons Trump’s Impeachment Trial in the Senate Is Going to Be a Total Mess ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 17, 2019:
And that circus is *only if* #MoscowMitch even allows it to get to trial.
Christmas dinners may be affected: Brussels sprouts block road.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 16, 2019:
They could *all* suffer a similar fate, and my life would go on just fine. I hate the damn things, one of the two remaining food hates from childhood. The other is asparagus.
Thus spoke the new King..
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 16, 2019:
For those koolaid drinking tRumptards, it just....
New Fox News poll on impeachment contradicts its most loyal viewer — President Trump Okay, we ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 16, 2019:
Oh yeah, those pesky Fox "News" polls that are always so "heavily weighted toward Dems." He's right about one thing, though--"So ridiculous!"
The days are short; nights are are long.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 15, 2019:
I'm a big shrimp and grits fan (posted my own recipe here once before), and I'm always interested in other interpretations, so I'll check this out -- even though the fennel bulb seems a strange (and not very Appalachian) addition. I'll also check out the cookbook--thanks for the reference.
Good riddance you fucking asshole! [mediaite.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 15, 2019:
Adios, MF!
Outgoing Ky Gov Matt Bevin pardons 428 convicted felons.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 14, 2019:
How interesting for the party that's always crowing about "law and order."
Newly Elected Gov Andy Beshear (KY) restores voting rights to 140,000 Former felons.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 13, 2019:
I certainly hope this is a sign we can eventually divest ourselves from Yertle McCornhole/#MoscowMitch, whatever you want to call him. Meanwhile, it's just a treat to see things like the state capitol shining in blue after our period of red darkness. This photo was taken by a friend of mine in the Louisville Symphony, which played at Beshear's inauguration ceremony.
After GOP Rep.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 13, 2019:
Perfect putdown of a hypocritical asshole!
Hi all atheist in Tennessee here Looking to survive the Bible Belt Is it possible
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 13, 2019:
Welcome from Kentucky.
Fox News Responded To Trump’s Impeachment Hearing Attacks: “It Makes Him Look Like A Big Dumb ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 12, 2019:
Looks like tRump is going to have to start another state-run media station, since Fox appears to be abrogating its responsibilities as the American Pravda.
Trump’s speech in Hershey revealed a presidency off the rails [vox.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 12, 2019:
Well put all around, but the "firehose of nonsense" metaphor was brilliant. But these increasingly incendiary rallies are scary as hell and point to the importance of getting out the damn vote next year--and the possible use of force if tRump refuses to end his squattership in the White House if he loses. "The dark spectacle doesn’t necessarily bolster Democrats’ impeachment case, but it does illustrate what the stakes are — not only of a possible impeachment trial, but of the 2020 campaign. But watching Trump deliver such a nakedly authoritarian speech behind the presidential seal made it hard to shake the thought that the election that really mattered was 2016."
Dealing with praying?
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 11, 2019:
I stare off into space and wait for them to finish their ritual.
Who flushes the toilet 15 times? Trump must have turds like wine corks! :-D
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 10, 2019:
Depends on how much beer I'm drinking and how long the session is. :-D :-D :-D (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (party)
For all the hyper coffee addicts. Ever hear of Kopi Kuwat coffee?
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 9, 2019:
I've heard of it, but no thanks. Besides the expense and the doubtful flavor improvements involved in this process, there's the cruelty. https://www.peta.org/features/civets-suffering-cruel-coffee/
You can't make this shit up.... [lifesitenews.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 9, 2019:
The hypocrisy is excrutiating. "With hearts full of generosity and grace," he proposes Social Security and food stamp cuts and turns away refugees at the border. "Every person is a beloved child of God"--except maybe brown people, black people, poor people, Muslims, the LGBTQ+ community, and well, fuck, anybody who's not a rich white straight xtian male.
Chilly mornings are great for cast iron skillet corn bread with buttermilk.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 8, 2019:
I hate you! I'm on keto now, and cornbread is one of the things I miss most. That looks delicious!
Yup the facts speak for themselves
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 6, 2019:
Yes, #SoMuchWinning
The never ending circus.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 6, 2019:
Well, as the cliché goes, ...
World leaders appear to mock Trump during tense NATO summit
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 4, 2019:
Our very own National Embarrassment!
Potus calls Trudeau two faced, well, pissed myself laughing, the guy who has disowned all his ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 4, 2019:
And he says *Obama* made us a laughingstock on the world stage. ROFLMAO
Dozer is back! He says he has missed you all very much and remember we must save our Country from ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 4, 2019:
Welcome back, Dozer! Where has he been hiding lately?
While watching The Russian ASSet being interviewed on TV.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 4, 2019:
A bad trip and a half!
[alternet.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 3, 2019:
The irony is that tRump campaigned on *Obama* making us a "laughingstock" in the world's eyes. LOL
Anyone ever cook squirrel?
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 3, 2019:
Depends on where you get the squirrel. Back in NC, we put it in a traditional Brunswick Stew. Chicken and pork are the usual substitute meats.
Trump says he is too intelligent to believe climate change... WTF? [yahoo.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 2, 2019:
I guess all those climate scientists can't begin to compete with the brilliance of Dear Leader.
17 tweets already today, on your way to an important NATO meeting that you should probably be ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 2, 2019:
Such a whining snowflake!
Lawyers for Trump said they wouldn't participate in the House Judiciary Committee's public ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 2, 2019:
The Snowflake-in-Chief will no doubt find something to whine about, and then contradict himself.
Majority of Republicans say Trump is better president than Lincoln.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 2, 2019:
As irony would have it, early on in his career, Lincoln warned of people like tRump and the mobocratic spirit that enables them. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/abraham-lincoln-warned-us-about-donald-trump
Asking for a friend, seasonal question
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 2, 2019:
Because they're sexist dominionists. And don't have the moral compass of a cauliflower.
Everything trump touches turns to gold.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 1, 2019:
He's got that Midas-in-Reverse touch.
It is just a matter of time when it all comes tumbling down.
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 30, 2019:
Tick tock....
Her evil twin has emerged
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 30, 2019:
And here I once braved the crowds at the Louvre to go see her. Never again!
Here’s how a secret racist network has infiltrated the White House [rawstory.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 29, 2019:
Not really all that secret anymore....
Why is it we can not trust what the WH relates to the American people?
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 29, 2019:
The continuous assault on truth--in this case, even including something as seemingly minor as a dog's gender--is part of the descent into totalitarianism.
So--one of my local papers posted a "The Pilgrims' contributions to our freedoms" editorial.
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 29, 2019:
Brilliant, well said!
From CNN: The precipitous fall of America's mayor [cnn.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 29, 2019:
Wooo-wooo....
Who's taking a trip to the beach? BUY THEM HERE: [etsy.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 29, 2019:
If I can find a couple pairs of those, I can see a trip coming up soon!
I’m Not ‘Blessed.’ I’m An Atheist And I Don’t Need God To Give Thanks Or Show Gratitude
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 28, 2019:
Without a bit of religion, I'm able to be grateful for my health, status, and friends every day, not just today. Getting together with my best friends on this particular day to enjoy some good food makes me especially grateful. The cashier at Meijer's telling me to "have a blessed day," WTF does that even mean? How does one react if one is not a fellow bible-thumper?
Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll... [youtube.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 28, 2019:
Back atcha! I didn't look at all like Arlo back then, but I do now. LOL
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! [mashable.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 28, 2019:
Back atcha! Dumbass didn't even know what "type" of dog he/she is. LOL
Brokaw: If Obama Behaved Like Trump There "Would Be An Enormous Uprising," "Conflagration" | Video |...
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 27, 2019:
Once again....
I hope we do not have to wait until November 3rd to flush this turd 86-45 I cannot believe how ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 27, 2019:
I love it, 86 45.
Mark my words . . given a it more time. . . .
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 27, 2019:
Actually, that would be the one truth to ever pass his lips....
Spreadin' the Love o' Jesus! .
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 27, 2019:
Nothing fails like prayer, but the problem with statements like this is that eventually, some True Believer will "hear" gawd speaking to him/her and then act out the violence. Only a matter of time, especially if tRump is impeached.
Melania Trump loudly booed at opioid awareness youth summit | US news | The Guardian
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 27, 2019:
She was right about one thing: "We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country..." And it ain't the opioid crisis....
C'est la querre!
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 26, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers!
What's next????
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 26, 2019:
He puts on those spectacles to give that "book-learned" impression, but he's as dumb a fuck as ever.
That's disgusting! Damn bootlickers! 🤬 Ex-Trump adviser explains the ‘revolting’ reason GOP ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 26, 2019:
So "the evangelicals view the president [sic] as a sinner, and they view him as somebody that is out seeking redemption through the presidency." Only problem with that view is that while the Orange Shitstain seeks redemption, *we all* do the suffering.
I AM A BAD PERSON! (Maybe.
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 17, 2019:
Good on ya! That's all they really deserved.
Pence has been named by Jennifer Williams as having been told of the Zelensky "perfect" telephone ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 16, 2019:
Hey, they're a team!
Good afternoon my hippies.
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 16, 2019:
True, though trivial banter in a crowded bar doesn't suck, either.
Completely out of the blue last night, a person known to me only via online/text and having never ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 16, 2019:
You should send him this helpful spelling/grammar tool to make it even easier for him:
You know everyone thinks Trump loves Russia over us.
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 15, 2019:
If only we *were* socialist!
drumroll Down goes Roger Stone.
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 15, 2019:
I'd like to think of his conviction in this way... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdT163r3dUQ
Yup! Nailed it!
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 15, 2019:
Except the Moron-in-Chief won't have the good grace to resign as Nixon did.
Good morning
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 15, 2019:
Except both orangutans and pigs are supposed to be intelligent, sensitive creatures. Unlike the Orange Shitstain.
And then, on the hill....
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 15, 2019:
As I keep telling the people criticizing me for moving everything I had in the market into annuities on Coronation Day, 2017, "It's only a matter of time."
Grood Morn..
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 15, 2019:
Top of the morning to you, too! And fuck Pence and #MoscowMitch!
Billionaire got Trump tax break, meant for poor, for his West Palm Beach superyacht marina - South ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 14, 2019:
The Louis Renault Award has already been given today. Only one per day. Sorry. LOL
I think It's time we saw Trump walking the streets of Washington wearing a sandwich board with "The ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 14, 2019:
I'd prefer the perp walk, myself, but this would work, too. LOL
Bevin filed for a re-canvas of the vote for Governor. Can the rethugs steal this election too?
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 14, 2019:
HOT DAMN!!! The ReThugs didn't manage to steal this one after all, no matter how hard they tried. Bevin conceded just this afternoon!
[yahoo.
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 14, 2019:
WHHHHOOOOOO! The mofo just conceded this afternoon!

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