Cuban Meatballs- low carb, paleo, Whole 30 compliant

I adapted this from a recipe in one of these cookbooks: Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat and Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan. Her blog is

A friend of mine showed me several recipes, all of them looked delicious and simple, but I don’t remember which of the two books the Cuban recipe is from.

Incidentally, Amazon has a nice feature now where if you buy the hard copy of a book, you can get the Kindle version for just an extra .99- and that is true for these cookbooks, too.  That means you can buy the hard copy (my favorite way to own a cookbook), but cheaply download the recipe to your Kindle or other device and have the portability when you are at the grocery store and want to check ingredients or when you want to show the recipes to a friend.=)

Cuban Meatballs

Mix the following ingredients together in a very large bowl

1/3 cup of water

2 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

5 tablespoons tomato paste

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (red wine vinegar is also good

4 tablespoons of garlic, minced

1/3 cup walnuts, toasted (I do this in a skillet) and then chopped fine

1/3 cup each raisins and green olives with pimientos, chopped (I used a Manual Food Chopper like this for the nuts and the raisins and olives. I chopped the raisins and olives together so that the raisins did not stick too badly to the blades)

1 1/2 Tablespoons of pink Himalayan salt (you can use other salt)

1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

2-3 Tablespoons dried oregano

1 Tablespoon black pepper

2014-08-28 20.06.17Add five lbs ground beef, don plastic gloves and mix all together (you can try this with a spoon, but I do better mixing by hand)


Form into meatballs.
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To cook, put on a baking tray with a rim (jelly roll pan, broiler pan, cake pan) and bake at 400 for 10 to 15 minutes (depends on the size of your meatballs).

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Mine really aren’t this dark, it’s the light.

I served mine with harvard beets and fried okra because I needed to use those things.  Would be good with spanish rice and green beans, or a salad and pinto beans, or, if you are doing whole30 or paleo, cauliflower rice and a salad.


To freeze, form into balls, put on a cookie sheet or tray, flash freeze, and then bag them (or use a freezer container).   To reheat thaw in pan and bake as above.

You can freeze them cooked and just reheat.  They’d be good in the crockpot with a fruit salsa.


I also put them in a ziplock bag, seal, press the meat mixture flat, using a cookie sheet to flatten (put a big wooden spoon on each end or a fat butter knife so make sure you flatten them evenly).

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Then I score the meat mixture wth a ruler- making squares.  I double bag these, just in case the rule I used to score them pokes a hole in the bag.
To cook, I would defrost these just enought to remove from bag and break apart the squares on the scored lines.  Then bake as squares or roll each square quickly into a ball and bake as usual.

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Freezer Fail

Because only just last week I organized, cleaned, and tallied the contents of our two full freezers in the garage as well as the refrigerator freezer, naturally, sometime between late last night and this morning one of them quit working.

My 18 year old discovered it before the damage was absolutely unredeemable, and she managed to mash a goodly amount of food from the smaller of the two garage freezers (thankful it *was* the smaller that failed) into the larger.

What we have left that is still cold enough to use, but thawed enough that it’s probably better not to be refrozen:

2 1/2 pounds of chicken livers (I’m simmering these and will just make pate)

2 lbs of sausage (we’ll brown this and refrigerate the cooked sausage for breakfasts over the next couple of days)

1 beef tongue (already in the crockpot)

Still undetermined:

3 lbs of chicken gizzards (only the HM eats these)

1 lb of beef kidney

a deer roast, about 3 lbs

a 2 1/5 pound bag of chicken breast strips

And what hurts my heart the most-

probably 20 lbs of various delicious frozen fruit, much of it organic- nectarines, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries- I used this fruit in my daily smoothies, and I don’t want it turned into jam.=(

Suggestions?  There’s still room in the fridge freezer for a lot of the fruit, I might just refreeze it.


Updated- refroze the chicken livers.

My son cut the roast and kidney and they are together in the crockpot turning into the filling of a steak and kidney pie

The chicken will be oven chicken and fajitas for dinner tonight.  The gizzards and fruit were returned to the freezer.

I told one of my daughters:

2014-08-28 20.06.29“I made tons of meatloaf and meatballs for the freezer over the last two days, along with a couple batches of navy bean and ham soup.  Plus, I cleaned and organized and inventoried the contents of all three freezers (two large uprights, and the fridge freezer), complete with a list of what I had, how much, and where it was.  I knew what was in the freezers down to each shelf.  I had a list and everything.  And now I don’t know where any of it is.


Because the universe hates for me to do anything at all.

Except watch K-dramas.  The universe is totes down with K-drama watching.”

We had another much more damaging freezer fail about five months ago.  That time it was the larger freezer, and somebody had not closed the door all the way.  We lost hours and hours cooking the salvageable meat, and we still lost a lot of meat as well as grains that got bled on. UGH.

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Deputy hits, kills man while deputy is typing a message. No charges.

Deputy Anthony Wood was driving home from a fire when he took his eyes off the road to look at his electronic device and type out a reply to a message.  He drifted into the bike lane and killed a man.

He won’t be charged, because ‘he was acting within the course of his duties’ while using the work computer while driving.

He may still end up paying a hefty fee- the victim’s family filed a lawsuit.  And of course, he has to live with what happened for the rest of his life.  That won’t be easy.

He didn’t conduct the investigation.  But there’s just something about the police force being given a free pass for hitting civilians if the reason they weren’t paying attention is because they were texting a work related message that galls a bit.  That ruling makes sense if the police are involved in a legitimately dangerous and time sensitive action- a high speed chase, a shoot out with an armed and dangerous man.  But surely it wasn’t intended to be applied to texting mundane messages that could just as well have waited five minutes until he reached a safe spot to pull over.


internal investigation

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Newslinks and stuff

I guess somebody named Miley took a homeless guy to an award ceremony and used him to preach to the 1% that it could happen to anybody, plus they were greedy. Here’s why he’s homeless:

I think breaking into somebody else’s apartment is a pretty thuggish expression of greed.

When your whole foreign policy is based on a John Lennon ditty, things go wrong, and it kind of really is your fault for being an idiot who thought wishful thinking was a substantive policy:

Oh great gravy. Our President said on national television ‘We have no strategy‘ on ISIS. Maybe no terrorists watched.  I think the only strategy he does have is his golf strategy.

Judge rules parts of Utah’s polygamy laws unconstitutional, effectively decriminalizing the practice,

Read more:

Note: Bigamy is illegal in all states. Fundamentalist mormon groups don’t commit bigamy. The husband might civilly marry one wife, but the others are not civil marriages. Utah and Texas criminalize this as well (other states with a Mormon population may as well, I don’t know), specifically to target Fundamentalist Mormons.  ”Purporting” to be married to more than one woman is a crime in those states.

New fed regulations kill soft raw cheese in Wisconsin.

A treaty by any other name… Hubris and egregious abuses of power- Obama tries to bypass Constitution.

How many unaccompanied minors were released in your state?

This may not be accurate- mine lists several hundred released to my state, but when I looked up the by county, it only gives one county with about half the number for the whole state.

Burger King moves to Canada for better tax deal. Smart, IMO. ‘Unpatriotic’ for those whose patriotism lies in other people’s wallets:

Good read on last month’s Halbig ruling and leftist policy wonks:

Incredible story of cop malfeasance & thuggery- they almost got away with it, but dash-cam-

Why Drew at Ace of Spaces is drifting toward libertarianism- crony capitalism-

“Truthy” database. It’s like some people read 1984 as a how-to manual.

You can always depend on Twitchy for some hilarious responses;…/conservatives-kick-start…/

The IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry after Congress’ investigation began;

Two white men told restaurant not safe for whites- one is now in a coma:

This also happened in Ferguson before there was looting or violence:…/Officer-let-police-dog…

Basically, police left Brown’s body in the road for four hours, blocked the road off to all traffic except police.  Once his body was removed, Brown’s mother put some roses and candles  in the road where the blood stains were (dead center, on the yellow line).  Witnesses say a copy let his police dog urinate on them, and that cops drove their cars right through them.  Again, before there was even a protest, police were there with K-9 units (did nobody there ever read about Selma?)

TSA admits they lied, & yes, Illegals were allowed to fly w/o ID.

DOJ: Ok, yes, we have Lerner emails. It’s just too much trouble to get them, so we lied..

Fight against militarized police force a fight worth having:

Citizen patrol arms itself to defend neighbors- against cops:

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Climate Solutions Discussion

This is from a discussion on the now defunct collide-a-scape blog

Michael Tobis is a warmist with some solutions to offer that I think are worse than the problem, even if I believed in AGW.   Gary explains why he disagrees with those solutions

#41; Michael Tobis Says:
39 [answering a question by Tom Fuller] – What good are you doing? (the broad brush)

“My objective is to increase understanding in the hopes that people will get serious about developing a policy.

As for the rest of it, my expectation is about even split (30%/30%) between total disaster and nuclear power, with a smaller slice for solar supplemented by wind, another one for sequestration and coal, and still a shred of hope for space-based solar, or possibly some combination. My preferred policy is to ramp up a carbon tax at the mine or well, starting small and increasing rapidly, including a negative tax for sequestration, until we get to zero, and let the market prevail. But I am not expert enough in those things to advocate for any of them. I just want people to understand the problem….”

#47: GaryM Says:
My preferred policy is to ramp up a carbon tax at the mine or well, starting small and increasing rapidly, including a negative tax for sequestration, until we get to zero, and let the market prevail.”

That kind of statement just makes me want to pound my head on the desk. When the government taxes a central segment of the economy into oblivion, that is not a market, free or otherwise. Let me paraphrase MT’s comment: Let’s destroy the energy economy as we know it and hope for the best. Screw the billions mired in poverty who will never get out of it, let alone the billions more who will almost certainly join them. Nobody on the face of this Earth has a clue as to what the consequences of such a policy would be.

#50: GaryM Says:
Want some answers to the mitigation and adaptation issues that won’t destroy the economy? Here’s an idiot’s guide to conservative climate solutions:

1) Get the government out of the way of nuclear power;
2) Stop government subsidies of ethanol;
3) Stop government subsidies of all energy products (including oil), leaving only the same tax relief available for other industries;
4) Stop the government from blocking drilling with proper environmental protections (we just aren’t going to get rid of oil in the next 20 years, so the less money poured down the toilet on expensive, dangerous drilling, the more available to search for alternatives);
5) Stop the government moratorium on building new refineries;
6) Stop government subsidies of pseudo-government boondoggles like the new $48,500 Government Motors Volt;
7) Get the government’s boot off the neck of the economy, in the form of the massive new transfer payments and unfunded liabilities, so that industry can invest in the technologies we will need in the future.
(See a pattern here?)

The last point may be the most important. Solutions to the energy and climate issues of the future will not come from the government directing research dollars to favored recipients/technologies. They will come from the same place as the vast majority of innovation in other industries. Private investment, by multitudes of researchers each following their own instincts, funded by investors who lose if their products do not prove successful. It works in technology, pharmaceuticals, almost any industry where it is allowed. It will work with energy. The only question is when the government will get out of the way.

Meanwhile, global warming is still ‘paused.’


MIT Scientists Confirm Antarctica Is Cooling – ‘Antarctica has cooled and has gained some ice recently’

Abstract excerpt: ‘The eastern Antarctic and Antarctic plateau have cooled, primarily in summer, with warming over the Antarctic Peninsula and Patagonia . Moreover, sea-ice extent around Antarctica has modestly increased.’

Analysis: ‘What we seem to be left with is a paper that uses computer simulations to find that global warming has managed to cool Antarctica, and lead to an increase in sea ice there. This is despite the fact that, according to the IPCC, the vast majority of models predict the opposite.’

Here is a list of 29 excuses so far for the 18 year pause.

It might last 30 years.  Or it might not, because nobody really knows why there is a pause, which indicates something about the models is fundamentally wrong since there predictions, once measured against reality, always lose to reality.

These excuses are a good illustrtion of why we should not let these people put forward economy destroying solutions- which is what almost all their solutions are- a way to make life harder for poorer people, a way to keep the poor in poverty, a way to make life in general work less well than it does without them, a way to put a regulatory stranglehold on all of us without any real world perceived benefit (imagining that they are stopping global warming is an imagined benefit, not a real one).

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I like my kitchen

I like my kitchen:


The covers for the stools kept tearing and getting stained.  Jenny fixed and replaced them many times.  Then somebody gave us new barstools, fancy, pretty, they match my kitchen.  But they are bigger, so only two fit at the bar at the time.

They also have curved backs, so smaller kids can sit in them safely, and that’s nice. Pictures when I figure out how to get them from my droid to the computer.=)

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Common Room Pictures

The Common Room does not look like this anymore at all. We’ve done major rearranging in the last three years. But I know many of you like to get a look at our bookcases:

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Tropical Turkey Meatloaf

I got the recipe here, and made a couple of adaptations. I will show you a picture or three when I figure out how to transfer pictures from my new toy, er, phone.

I thought the results would just be so-so, but I really love this a lot.

4 pound ground turkey
2 bags frozen mixed peppers, diced (You want about 4 cups)
2 mangos, peeled and diced, a job I never want to do again. Next time I’ll try frozen or canned.
3 small jalapeno peppers, diced tiny- almost confetti size (next time I will use more)
2 cups coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup dried parsley
6 medium eggs
black pepper to taste
Himalayan pink salt, to taste

This makes enough for about 4 medium sized meatloaves, each of which would feed four to five people of average appetites, assuming you have a side dish or two.
I wore disposable clear plastic gloves to dice the peppers. I used a potato masher thing-gummy to mix the meatloaf mixture.

2014-08-27 22.00.10I mixed all the above in a huge bowl. It’s a little soupy because ground turkey is like that. I used a ladle to scoop some mix into a muffin tin and baked those mini-meatloaves for 30 minutes. I ate one and froze the other 11 for times I need a quick meal or snack.

tropical meatloaf muffins

For the rest of the mix, I wrote directions on a two gallon sized ziplock bags and 2 quart sized. One by one, I folded the opening of a bag down a couple inches, set it in two regular sized loaf pans and two mini pans, and then ladled enough mix into the bag to fill the loaf pan. I sealed the bag, shaped the raw meatloaf as I wanted it to conform to the loaf pan, and then froze them in the pans.

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tropical meatloaf freezer meal

When they are solid, I’ll take the bags out so that I have my loaf pans available for other use.

To bake, run enough hot water over the bag to be able to remove the frozen meathloaf from the bag. Put the frozen loaf in a loaf pan and let it defrost. Bake at 400 for 45 to 60 minutes, or until done all the way through.

I thought these were amazingly delicious, but I wished I had used one or two more jalapeno peppers. My son had a taste, turned up his nose and said, “there are peppers in this. I don’t eat peppers.” This was disappointing, but he’s going to be in Estonia for most of September anyway, so he won’t be eating these tasty meatloaves at all.

For those following my PTSD struggles- I collected all the ingredients and then moved to the dining room and did all the chopping, mixing, and pouring there. That worked out well except for the part where the Cherub kept trying to cough in the mixture or pour some of her milk into it ew.

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Free Books, Get Your Free Books

Download at your own risk- I have read none of these.

Save, Share, Simplify: How to Use the Sharing Economy to Reduce Expenses, Build Community, & Design Your Ideal Life

82 pages

Blurb: The Sharing Economy is changing the way we do business. Don’t get left behind! Save, Share, Simplify will walk you through dozens of the latest tools and resources, covering everything from mealsharing and couchsurfing, to building an intentional community. Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn in this book:

— How to find affordable lodging while traveling, and connect with local tour guides
— How to safely rent out your car (and keep track of it the entire time!)
— How to book freelance gigs on your smartphone
— How to use online services to keep track of your finances and save money

Plus, you’ll learn about intentional communities, minimalism, and more. Based on first-hand research, and years of experience using the websites mentioned, this is a guide like no other! Get caught up on the new world of the Sharing Economy today!

Author bio:
Saul of Hearts is a writer, musician, and videographer based in Los Angeles. He’s lived among various subcultures and intentional communities, studied everything from yoga to evolutionary psychology, and loves to write about places where art and science meet. His work has appeared at Slate and Brazen Careerist, as well as on blogs such as Puttylike, ModernPoly, and more. Follow his adventures at or on twitter @saulofhearts
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Heart of the Home

Blurb: Avril Gray, the prodigal daughter, has returned home.

Having just finished her master’s degree in science, Avril finds herself back at Riverview, the family farmhouse that lies close to the Scottish border, with hopes to leave again very soon.

But what greets her is not the happy home that she left.

Her mother is gravely ill, and her step-father and brothers are struggling.

Avril can’t bear to leave her family when they need her most, so she settles back into the village and its way of life, with her close friends and family surrounding her, and with the love and guidance that she needs during this trying time.

It’s here that she reunites with Dean, the farmer boy next door whose ambitions are greater than his family will allow him.

Avril and Dean soon grow close, much to the chagrin of his mother.

She cares more about class than character, and is determined to find out the truth behind Avril’s upbringing and family.

Will Avril and Dean find a way to be together?

Or will she have to sacrifice all to save the Heart of her Home?

‘Heart of the Home’ is a moving romantic drama. It is the follow up to ‘Coming Home’ and ‘A Home of Our Own’.

Author bio:

Gwen Kirkwood is the author of sixteen Scottish novels and six shorter romantic novellas, including ‘A Question of Love’. She won the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy, judged by Richard Lee, when it was re-introduced to mark the millennium in 2000. She lives in Scotland.

More: I live in Scotland U.K.I love country life and the beauty of my surroundings has inspired me to write 16 Scottish novels with warmth and love and characters who rise to the challenge when life gets difficult.They all have authentic farm and country backgrounds, mainly set in Scotland, with an odd foray into Yorkshire and Wales. They are available in many UK libraries and on the internet, also as audio books. Many are now available to download as digital books.I have also written 6 shorter romantic novels under the pseudonymn Lynn Granger. These are also available as E-readers under my own name, Gwen Kirkwood,to avoid confusion.

I have been a member of the Romantic Novelists Association for many years and enjoy the yearly Conference. I won the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy, judged by Richard Lee, when it was re-introduced to mark the millenium in 2000.

I attended school in Yorkshire, then Agricultural College, but I have lived most of my adult life in Scotland. My own background is dairyfarming but I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, walking and my grandchildren.

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Note: At least as of 8/28, for some reason Amazon no longer carries this book. It may come back later, depending on the reason (which I do not know). The author is Patty Tomsky. That information may help you find it again later. She also wrote Minimalism In The Home, a 48 page booklet currently at Amazon for .99

Live A Mess-Free Life! The Way To Organize Your Day And Not Get Lost Within Your To-Do List

Blurb: Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed? Do you feel like you’re not getting ahead in life? Do you wish you were more effective and could accomplish more?

This book is going to give you the tools you need to organize and manage your life.

I used to be the kind of person that would work all day feel like I wasn’t getting ahead. Sort of like a hamster in a wheel. This was until one of my mentors showed me the value of planning and organizing before you start any task. He showed me how taking a few minutes to plan things out can go a long way towards being incredibly efficient.

Using the tools you learn in this book, you will find that it will take you 2 hours to accomplish something that used to you take 4 hours (or maybe even all day). Your time is your valuable asset, you cannot afford to not have this book.

Reader Review: You have to look at the big picture because the reason for the literal mess in your life may be because you need to become self-aware and set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive goals guided by your inspirations. I really enjoyed reading this book because it was organized in a way for the readers remember the key points since the author summarized her message using mnemonic devices to represent the principles you needed to follow to reach your goals. Additionally, there were exercises that she had the reader participate in to make the information she was sharing even more practical. There is a special message included about LOVE that will motivate you and give you the strength you need to plan for your success! By applying the self-assessments Ms. Tomsky recommends to your daily life, you will become a more productive and goal-oriented person.

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Badger Game

Blurb: At 10:42 p.m. on March 2, 1962, Katherine Colleen Ferguson arrived at the corner of Broadway and Seventh Avenue in New York City after a journey of 128 feet, straight down. Not belong before she had warned Thomas Andrew Curry about a grand jury investigation of stock manipulation involving a matter they had both worked on while clerking for the same law firm. And not long afterward, Thomas and Sandrine Cadette find Harrison Tyler’s body in his Greenwich Village garret, in the shadows of a savagely vandalized satirical painting he had almost finished. These two mysterious deaths in the intersecting worlds of fine art and high finance both implicate the small Manhattan law partnership formed by Thomas’s father, T. Graham Curry, and his mentor, Theodore Furst. That’s how Thomas and Sandy find themselves in the middle of an investigation that his Manhattan attitude and her French flair will take in provocative directions.

The eighteen years from the end of World War II to President Kennedy’s assassination was the Greatest Generation’s victory lap, but it wasn’t all triumphal parades and booming birth rates. It was also a time of dirty politics and nasty little wars – in China, where Thomas’s mother was killed; in Algeria, where Sandy’s father died for his country, on the wrong side of history; and in Korea where Thomas learned, as he later put it, to fly helicopters and kill people. Coming of age then, people like Thomas and Sandy had to decide whether to embrace nihilism or life. Thomas and Sandy picked life.

Badger Game is an old school, plucky-couple, New York mystery: snappy patter, adult pleasures, seedy clip joints, insolent cabbies, erudite banter, smoking guns, the occasional fist-fight, puzzles aplenty along the way, and a twist at the end. It’s about art, love, murder, money, and Cold War politics – but mostly it’s about two people at a remarkable time and place. New York City in 1962 was gliding serenely toward the end of its last golden age – and nobody knew it. As Furst explains: “My dividing line is November 22, 1963, and my last normal year is 1962. I don’t know why that is, really. I’ve lived through the depression, World War II, Korea, McCarthyism – all more momentous than the assassination of President Kennedy. I just know that that’s the way it seems to me: Before then, things were distinctively one way, and since then they’ve been distinctively another way. Thomas and Sandy were two of my favorite people. This is their story, not mine. Telling that story is the best way I can think of to recapture what was special about the way things were Then.”

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Death in Room Five (A Chief Inspector Littlejohn Mystery)
240 pages

blurb: When a group from the small English town of Bolchester make an excursion to Cannes, little do they expect it to end so dramatically – with the disastrous murder of one of their party, the domineering Alderman William Dawson.

Suddenly the holidaymakers find themselves murder suspects.

But, with so many grudges borne against Dawson, it becomes impossible to work out who might have been responsible for his death.

Was the fact that he had been a traitor in the maquis – the French resistance – during the war a factor?

And was his death connected to the subsequent killing of the crooked barkeeper Sammy?

When Scotland Yard call in Chief Inspector Littlejohn in to investigate, rudely interrupting his holiday in the Riviera, he comes up against a trying, taxing and peculiar case.

‘Death In Room Five’ is a classic detective mystery by one of the masters of the genre.

‘Bellairs is up there with the greats of English crime fiction. Every fan of the genre should read him.’ – Robert Foster, best-selling author of ‘The Lunar Code’.

George Bellairs was the nom de plume of Harold Blundell (1902-1985), a crime writer and bank manager born in Heywood, near Rochdale, Lancashire, who settled in the Isle of Man on retirement. He wrote more than 50 books, most featuring the detective Inspector Littlejohn. He also wrote four novels under the alternative pseudonym Hilary Landon.

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Burnout (Pecan Bayou Series Book 5)

blurb; It’s November in Pecan Bayou, Texas and while the town is getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday a deadly fire breaks out at the newspaper office. When Rocky, the editor is nowhere to be found, Betsy refuses to believe he has perished in the fire. The entire town is coming down with the stomach flu and Betsy must deal with her husband’s new-found celebrity as an on-air weatherman filling in for and under-the-weather Hurricane Hal . Leo loves all the attention he’s getting, especially from the sexy administrative assistant who works at the station. Is their new marriage in trouble already? Find out in the fifth book of the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. All the characters you’ve come to know and love are back and you’ll find plenty of the Happy Hinter’s recipes and tips included at the end of the book.

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Bats and Bones (The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries Book 1)

blurb: Bats and Bones is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree. Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are retirees who enjoy weekend camping with their friends in state parks in this new cozy mystery series. They anticipate the usual hiking, campfires, good food, and interesting side trips among the bluffs of beautiful Bat Cave State Park for the long Fourth of July weekend—until a dead body turns up. Confined in the campground and surrounded by strangers, Frannie is drawn into the investigation. Frannie’s persistence and curiosity helps authorities sort through the possible suspects and motives, but almost ends her new sleuth career—and her life—for good. As a bonus, each chapter ends with a camping tip or recipe—some useful, some not so much.

Author bio: Karen Musser Nortman, after previous incarnations as a secondary social studies teacher (22 years) and a test developer (18 years), returned to her childhood dream of writing a novel. Bats and Bones, a cozy mystery, came out of numerous ‘round the campfire’ discussions, making up answers to questions raised by the peephole glimpses one gets into the lives of fellow campers. Where did those people disappear to for the last two days? What kinds of bones are in this fire pit? Why is that woman wearing heels to the shower house? Karen and her husband Butch originally tent camped when their children were young and switched to a travel trailer when sleeping on the ground lost its romantic adventure. They take frequent weekend jaunts with friends to parks in Iowa and surrounding states, plus occasional longer trips. Entertainment on these trips has ranged from geocaching and hiking/biking to barbecue contests, balloon fests, and buck skinners’ rendezvous. Frannie and Larry will no doubt check out some of these options on their future adventures. Karen has three children and eight grandchildren. She also loves reading, gardening, and knitting, and can recite the 99 counties of Iowa in alphabetical order.

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Live A Mess-Free Life! The Way To Organize Your Day And Not Get Lost Within Your To-Do List

Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed? Do you feel like you’re not getting ahead in life? Do you wish you were more effective and could accomplish more?

This book is going to give you the tools you need to organize and manage your life.

I used to be the kind of person that would work all day feel like I wasn’t getting ahead. Sort of like a hamster in a wheel. This was until one of my mentors showed me the value of planning and organizing before you start any task. He showed me how taking a few minutes to plan things out can go a long way towards being incredibly efficient.

Using the tools you learn in this book, you will find that it will take you 2 hours to accomplish something that used to you take 4 hours (or maybe even all day). Your time is your valuable asset, you cannot afford to not have this book.

Reader Review: You have to look at the big picture because the reason for the literal mess in your life may be because you need to become self-aware and set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive goals guided by your inspirations. I really enjoyed reading this book because it was organized in a way for the readers remember the key points since the author summarized her message using mnemonic devices to represent the principles you needed to follow to reach your goals. Additionally, there were exercises that she had the reader participate in to make the information she was sharing even more practical. There is a special message included about LOVE that will motivate you and give you the strength you need to plan for your success! By applying the self-assessments Ms. Tomsky recommends to your daily life, you will become a more productive and goal-oriented person.

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Evernote Mastery: Exactly How To Use Evernote To Organize Your Life, Manage Your Day & Get Things Done (Evernote, Evernote Essentials, Evernote Mastery, Evernote For Dummies, Time Management)

Blurb: The world we live in makes it so easy to create and save moments, memories, ideas and thoughts. No longer do you need a notepad, camera or voice recorder to capture an event as our phones and tablets have made it simple to record a moment, save and share it in just second. Since current technology has made it so simple to create new information, it is crucial that that this information is effectively organized and cataloged for future reference.

That’s where Evernote comes in. Think of Evernote as a free, virtual, customizable and scaleable filing cabinet. Through Evernote you can seamlessly catalog, organize and filter through the information you have stored through all of your devices. Through the use of cloud computing, Evernote allows you take all of your information with you wherever you go and share with other individuals with just a few clicks.

What makes Evernote stick out amongst other “notetaking” programs is it direct increase in user productivity. Far more beneficial than its notetaking and storage functionality, Evernote’s ability to allow users to manage their life and everything in it has established the program as must-have for those looking to increase productivity.

With a program that touts such robust functionality, it is critical that you understand exactly how to take advantage of Evernote to improve your life and help you meet your goals. In this book I’ll teach you everything you need to know through extensive content and detailed screen shots in order to leverage Evernote to organize your life, manage your day to day activities and take your productivity to the next level. I’ll take you step-by-step, screen by screen through the design and features of the program at a basic level and work my way through advanced functionality and Evernote tips and tricks. For beginner users and advanced users alike, Evernote Mastery will show you exactly how using a simple app can change your life forever.

Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn…
How To Properly & Effectively Create & Manage Your Evernote Library
Proven Strategies and Methods For Utilizing Evernote To Increase Productivity
The Keys To Evernote Assisted Time Management Techniques
The Powers of Tagging – How To Never Lose a Note Ever Again!
How Sharing Through Evernote Will Make Current Programs Obsolete
The Top Mistakes to AVOID That Beginner Evernote Users Make
A FREE Gift from Clydebank Publishing Worth Over $100 Dollars!
Much, Much More!

Reader reviews: Overall, a great book. I will admit that it started off a bit dull, with the history lessons and such. However, once I got into the meat and potato’s of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It expertly explained an incredibly useful app that can truly transform your life.

Truly a must-read for anyone currently not using Evernote right now!

I used Evernote before, but a co-worker reintroduced this program to me. Evernote’s recent version is soo much cool than the first time I used it. You can insert almost everything in there. And with the aid of this book, you can learn the full functionality of the program. You can definitely leverage the usage even with your free account. Taking notes becomes soo easy! What I like more about this book is that it included screenshots for better visual learning. There are lots of tools that I am not taking advantage and I am soo excited to use them all! This is great!

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Walking with Jesus Christ (Bible Verses of Christ Organized In Applicable Topics)

Why do we turn to so many authors for answers when God, in His mercy, provided all the answers we could ever need in His book, the Holy Scriptures?

Walking with Jesus Christ is a book of organized Bible verses regarding these dear topics:
• The Mystery of Christ – Learn more about Jesus’ Virtue, Compassion, Obedience, Honesty, Humility; learn more about His Emotions, Activity, Teaching, and more.
• Walking with the Shepherd – Learn more about our position as Jesus’ sheep, about the sheepfold, the hireling, and how to walk with our wonderful Shepherd.
• Building a Spiritual House – Learn more about your own spiritual house, it’s walls, roof and rooms, including the study, the great room, the staircase, and even inspection.
• Spiritual Warfare – Learn more about our spiritual warfare, fighting a good fight, our armor, the battlefield, the devil, his darts, and communication.

This book can be used as a companion Bible study, for sermon ideas, or simply as a help on how to live a Christian life. Have you ever wondered, who is Jesus Christ? In all the books about Jesus Christ, this one is the only one that we know of that takes its answers straight out of the Bible.

One star review: If you’re looking to a all Bible versus with no commentary, that’s what you’ll find in this book. It is nice to have all these versus arranged by topic but a commentary on each topic would go along way in helping this book.

Five star review: An excellent book which may be read by clergy and lay people alike. Easy to read and well thought out which will enrich the reader. May be used as a devotional book to better understand how we are to live as Christians. Reading and understanding scripture helps develop our maturation in Our Lord and Savior JEsus the CHrist.

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The Vanishing Bancroft Shoes (The Lost Detective Agency Book 1)

When something is lost, missing, or stolen in the city of Lockett, the people turn to The Window’s Lost Detective Agency—or at least they would if anyone knew they existed. Made up of two cousins, one overly energetic and way too fond of dressing up as detectives from his favorite movies, and the other suffering from a disorder that makes him afraid to even open his front door, this Detective Agency is about as lost as its name seems to suggest. So, when a rich and prestigious young man shows up at their apartment one evening, offering them a job to find a stolen pair of shoes that has been in his family for over a hundred and fifty years, they jump at the opportunity to prove themselves. However, what they don’t realize is that the circumstances surrounding this case are so peculiar that it seems as if the shoes have simply vanished into thin air. And they will find that solving this mystery will take a fair bit of cunning, sneaking around, and even some light salesman impersonating.

As the case begins to grow more and more complicated, the Window cousins must bravely stumble through clues, suspects, grand estates, and public speaking. With their detective careers on the line, they must work hard to crack a seemingly unsolvable riddle.

The Vanishing Bancroft Shoes is case #1 in the mystery novella series: The Lost Detective Agency.

86 pages

Reader review: I love a good intriguing mystery, but often times they are filled with too much blood and violence, going over the top with devious behavior. The Vanishing Bancroft Shoes, however, manages to keep all the engaging qualities of a clever mystery while losing the blood, murder and mayhem.
At first I was a little reluctant to read a mystery in which a missing pair of shoes is the center focus, but as the plot developed, I found myself captivated by the intricate weave of events. Reading this book was like solving a delicious puzzle, complete with twists and turns, a pair of clever yet socially awkward private eyes, and moments of humor- all leading up to a satisfyingly unique conclusion. Looking forward to more in this series.

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Your Favorite Foods – Part 1 and Clean Meals For Kids: 2 Book Combo (Clean Eats)
You’ll never have trouble coming up with meal ideas again. The Clean Eats Cookbooks provide you with everything you need to go Clean, stay Clean, and LOVE EATING CLEAN:

Vitamix Recipes – Soups, Smoothies, Juices, and Sauces – don’t have a Vitamix? A blender will do just fine!
A Collection of Your Favoruite Foods (All Clean) – miss the pasta, pizza, burgers, and desserts from your diet? It’s all one click away!
Italian, Indian, Greek, Mexican recipes, and many more!
Always on the go? Check out the On-The-Go Recipe Book or the Freezer Recipes Book to save time!
On a budget? Eating clean doesn’t have to be more expensive than it already is – check out the Quick, Cheap, and Clean Recipes – with every recipe taking 10 minutes or less!
Slow cookers, pressure cookers, and baking galore – you’l find it all with this amazing set of cookbooks!
All recipes are family-friendly, and Samantha goes a step further by providing her very own set of Clean Kids Recipes – great for the whole family – even better for the little ones!

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Rapture: Thinning the Herds (Angel Trilogy Book 3) I don’t think it’s *that* kind of rapture.

Blurb: This is Nightingale’s most recent thriller, which completes her Angel Trilogy.

Bartley Snodgrass arrives in Aurora, Oklahoma, to marry his girlfriend of many years, Penelope Winslow, and instead finds that the community has been entirely abandoned. In a blind panic, he attempts to drive to the neighboring community of Harrison for assistance, only to be arrested for speeding. The sheriff’s deputy repeatedly tells Bartley that there is no town in Oklahoma named Aurora.

Bartley and his best friend, Dexter Prescott, journey back to the community of Aurora, only to find that the roads and buildings are now gone — as if the community had never existed.

As the two best friends desperately search for Penelope and her family, Bartley dreams of rapturous events and vicious-looking werewolves. They are soon taken hostage by an underground investigative organization, and become privy to the knowledge that for whatever reason, communities and their citizens are disappearing all across the nation and around the world.

Rapture is the 3rd volume in Nightingale’s Angel Trilogy.
Reader Review: This is the third installment of Conspiracy of angels and, in my opinion, the best one. It starts right up in the middle of the action. A man travels to his fiancée’s hometown to get married but instead finds an empty city: no future wife, no future in-laws, no neighbors, no dogs, nothing. From there we follow Bartley and his friend Dexter as they try to understand what happened so the groom can reunite with his beloved Penelope.

As the story goes, I’ve gone from wondering with them what could have happened to being worried for them, telling them (in my mind) not to go, or do what they planned, or to be careful. I also wanted to slap Bartley at times, not for being stupid or doing things one wouldn’t do but for his constant bluntness to other people who were in the same spot as he was. Good thing Dexter was there to hold him back.

Rapture: Thinning the Herds is a story in the likes of Dean Koontz’s, a story that will keep you at the edge of your seat and will keep you guessing right until the end. I would recommend it to anyone who likes suspense/thriller mixed with supernatural/science-fiction. Although it’s a third in a series and reading the first two might help clarify little things, I’d still recommend the book even if read by itself. It’s obviously tied to the other two but (in my humble opinion) could be read as a stand-alone.

I know I said it for the second book but this would make a suspenseful movie. The kind of movie I crave!

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Paranormal > Werewolves & Shifters

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A Good Man Gone (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book 1)

Blurb: Double Black Diamond (Book Three) has been released. Time to go skiing.

It’s summer in St. Louis and Mercy Watts is on vacation from her parents. The great detective and his nosy wife are on a cruise and Mercy thinks she’s off the hook for doing any investigating for them. But when a family friend has a fatal heart attack, Dad has one of his famous feelings and orders Mercy to look into it. Mercy tries not to get sucked in. She really does, but she’s her father’s daughter. Soon Gavin’s death leads to a more grisly one, the death of a bride on her wedding day. Can the two be connected? Was Gavin murdered? Now Mercy can’t stop. You do for family. That’s all there is to it.

This is a 3 star reader review (there are a hundred five stars, fwiw): Although I enjoyed this mystery, I did not think it ranks up with some of the best I have ever read. In the story, Mercy Watts, a sassy nurse, takes over for her father, a retired police detective turned private investigator, who is initially away on a cruise and returns home mid-way through with a nasty virus that keeps him from working. Mercy learns the husband of a close family friend has died of a heart attack. Initially, mercy’s father is reluctant to believe the man died from a simple heart attack, and very soon things point to his murder rather than simple heart attack death. Mercy becomes involved in a long investigation into the murder, and the result is a myriad of intriguing twists and turns as she proceeds through her investigation. The story is well written and held my attention and interest from the start. However, the huge cast of characters at times left me a bit confused about who was who and how they fit into the story. The author has also included a couple of characters, namely Mercy’s Uncle and his friend (not sure if that is the best word to use to describe him) Aaron, who suddenly appear in the story and really did not, in my opinion, add much to the story. In fact, these two characters upset me, as they interfered with the investigation and treated mercy worse than anyone would treat an infant. Yes, she could get into trouble easily, as she proved, but she was in her twenties and a qualified nurse, who had to be ready and able to handle any and all problems in her work that might come up. Nevertheless, her uncle and Aaron, both of whom came across as very unlikable persons, treated her like she was incapable of doing the simplest of tasks. The author tried to let us believe her father also felt this way, but it was inconsistent with someone who would trust her to run an investigation in his name, where any major errors or problems could easily haunt him and his business. In addition, mercy seems ambivalent about her looks. At one point she is angry if someone recognizes her beauty and Marilyn Monroe resemblance, while at others she relishes and plays on this aspect. There was an on-going incident throughout the book, where someone had put some suggestive pictures of Mercy on the Internet, and she and her mother got upset by this. I saw this as totally irrelevant to the story and more of a distractor than a help.

The story moves along nicely but could have been more streamlined without some of the distractors the author put into the book. In an attempt, I guess, to insert some humor. Reviewers have compared this to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, but, these are far and above these. This book just doesn’t seem to have the humor, the pizazz, the verve that Janet Evanovich’s books do. There is a good story here and the author shows promise, but it needs work. The cozy mystery reader will find this of interest. I enjoy those, but am unsure, right now, whether I will read any more in the series.

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Natural Cleaning Made Simple: Easy natural green cleaning solutions for every room of your house

Blurb: Did you know that the products you use to clean your home may actually be creating an environment far more unhealthy than a filthy home? In fact, because of the toxic chemicals found in common household cleaners, the air inside most homes is actually more toxic than the air outside.

Fortunately, it’s easy and inexpensive to have a house that is both clean AND free of nasty chemicals. In Natural Cleaning Made Simple, bestselling Kindle author Anne Medlin provides a treasure chest of natural green cleaning recipes and advice to clean every room in your house using simple, everyday ingredients. The recipes are effective, easy to make, and used by the author in her own home, things like:

• Lemon dishwasher tablets
• Foaming hand soap
• Oxygen laundry cleaner
• Easy all-purpose cleaning spray
• Oven scouring scrub
• Natural oil furniture polish

Join the natural green cleaning revolution! Pick up your copy of Natural Cleaning Made Simple today to once and for all create a safe and clean environment for yourself and your loved ones.

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Meal Time with Budget-Friendly and Convenient Canned Foods: 50 Easy and Quick Recipes with Readily Available Canned Food

HOnestly, I do not believe that the author’s claim that canned foods are just as healthy as fresh or frozen are remotely true, but sometimes what you need is to save time and energy, and canned is better than nothing (unless you’re fasting on purpose).

blurb: What’s the point in preparing meals with canned foods?

Are they as nutritious and healthy as fresh foods?

Well, the answer to the first question is that canned food can save you time, effort and even money to prepare a meal and studies show that canned foods are as fresh and nutritious as fresh foods.

Canned foods make it convenient to prepare meals. You need a combination of ingredients? Simply grab a can instead of preparing it separately, which requires both time and effort. You need an ingredient with a specific flavor? Instead of preparing it hours earlier and storing it in the fridge, just get a can readily available in all grocery stores.

In this book, we will share some amazing recipes using canned goods. Preparing them will make you realize how convenient and budget-friendly food can become if you use a few cans of prepared ingredients as you cook.

This book has the following for you:

1. The benefits of using canned foods in recipes

2. The wide variety of options you have when it comes to canned foods

3. 50 exotic recipes to prepare using several canned goods in each of them

Ready for meal time? Make them convenient and more delicious as you cook.
Get started now!

Reader Review: Well this book just blew me away. I love saving the extra buck and I always wondered if canned food could help. After reading this book I found the easiest, cheapest and healthiest ways to prepare canned food. I have tried nearly half the recipes in this and I must say that the book is worth the buy simply because of the thriftiness it encourages. Believe me, saving is a necessary part of life and eating is also very important. If you can find things that incorporates them both, then you have found something very valuable. I recommend this book to those who are looking for better ways to feed their families without spending too much. It is a must read.

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Minimalistic Living: How To Live In A Van and Get Off The Grid (RV Living, Budget Travel, Live In A Car)


Want to travel the country? Are you in debt and struggling to pay the mortgage or rent every month? Or maybe you want to minimize, declutter, simplify and organize your life. Do you desire to step off the grid? Minimalistic Living: How To Live In A Van And Get Off The Grid will help you find the answers you’re looking for!
You’ll Learn…
How To Find and Purchase the Perfect Vehicle
How to Customize and Accessorize Your Vehicle
How To Remodel A Vehicle to Meet Your Needs
Equipment You’ll Need To Live In a Vehicle
How To Stay Dry, Safe, Cool and Warm!
How To Have Running Water and Electricity in Your Vehicle
Lots Of Tips and Tricks Along The Way!
Much, much more!

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Budget Bucks in Your Lap: Become a More Successful Whitetail Hunter Anywhere

This book was written for every hunter who wants close encounters with the nicest White-tailed bucks his/her hunting area has to offer. No sanctuary or game preserve deer are illustrated within. Every experiment was conducted on open to public hunting property. No agricultural fields, food plots, or supplemental feeding strategies were used either. Every experiment was conducted with no outside influences to “lure” the deer to the locations—other than my mock scrape making method and scent combinations. All the photographs contained are time and date stamped for authenticity with easy step-by-step instructions on how to get bucks to stand right in front of you in plain sight! You don’t need pockets full of money or leased hunting property, or even private property, for that matter, to see nice whitetails. Anyone can see nice bucks anywhere whitetails roam.
EXCERPT: We weren’t supposed to be seeing this kind of stuff up here, I thought. But here we were, sitting on the hottest scrape around. At least eight different bucks had visited that one particular scrape.

EXCERPT: Not just one or a few scrapes, rather, almost all became community scrapes if my mock scrape method was adhered to properly.

EXCERPT: It’s important to remember that right after the first buck places his scent on your scrape, it’s now a natural scrape.

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REAL CLEVER IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS – Hints and Tips to Save You Time and Money: (Cleaning Tips, Cooking on a Budget, Travel Hacks and Other Money Saving Tips)

Gluten Free Cookbook for Busy People on a Budget: 50 Delicious 30-Minutes-or-Less Recipes for Weight Loss, Energy & Optimum Health
(all ten reviews are five star)

A Catholic Homeschool Treasury: Nurturing Children’s Love for Learning

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UK authorities cover-up permitted the ongoing sexual exploitation of over a thousand children

Horrifying story of UK coverup of child sex crimes against over 1,000 children, because perps were Pakistani and Muslim- and I do mean horrifying.  Absolutely ugly, despicable, and disgusting.  These authorities who were charged with protecting children were ore afraid of their own reputations than they cared about what happened to these children.  They didn’t want to be called racist. Well, I think that’s exactly what they were, because I assume the children were also Pakistani.  Would they have been so easy about hiding these brutal acts against children and protecting their abusers if the children were home-grown Saxon stock?  I doubt it, I really do. So, I was wrong about that (thank-you to my commenters for helping me get this right), but I still think it’s precisely racist to hide the truth and avoid doing your job because of the race of the perps.

A drugged 12 year old girl raped by five men was deemed to have consented “100%.” And then there was this unbelievably wicked and shocking perversion of justice:

“A twelve-year-old girl found in 2008 drunk in the backseat of a vehicle with a suspected predator — who had obscene pictures of the girl on his cell phone — was assessed by local authorities as being at no risk of child sexual exploitation, and her case was closed. “Less than a month later,” the inquiry reports, “she was found in a derelict house with another child, and a number of adult males. She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly (her conviction was later set aside) and none of the males were arrested.””


Ace reported on this, too, and it’s all worth a read.  Here’s an excerpt:

As for the idea that the bureaucracy shied away from this out of fears of appearing “racist:”

I can understand, at a basic level, why the media and government do not wish to hype stories that can generate anger and fear against a minority.

I understand that. That’s laudable.

But… this has gotten to the point where the media and government simply lies to us about things implicating race.

And then they wonder why we don’t believe them, and why “rumors” and “internet claims” get spread so far and wide.

Well, here’s why: Because we know you’re lying. We know you’re covering things up. We know that when a man is accused of a crime that seems terroristic, and you won’t reveal the suspect’s name for 72 hours, we know the kind of name it is.

We all know the reason why the spree murders of three gay men is not being covered in the national media.


Do your jobs, Idiots.

If you conceive as the first priority of your job as being the suppression of fact, then find another job.

And obviously, one would hope, when you are in the business of protecting children, that should matter far more to you than perceptions that you might be called racist when it turns out that one particular culture is far more likely to abuse and exploit children than another.

That’s the problem with the whole PC thing- all cultures are just not equal.

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