Baked Tomatoes

You need a bit of butter (or other oil), some sliced tomatoes, and something to sprinkle on the tomatoes- parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, furikake seasoning, and you can make that yourself with toasted and lightly ground sesame seeds, crumbled dried seaweed/nori, and seasoning of your choice), and maybe salt and papper. That’s all.

Butter a glass pie pan (you don’t want to cook tomatoes in iron or tin). Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (or bread crumbs, or Furikake seasoning). Put down a layer of tomatoes. Season this layer with sat and pepper, a few dabs of butter, or other fat, and the same ingredient you used on the bottom of the pan (parmesan for me, thanks).
Repeat. It doesn’t really matter how much, use what you think your family will eat. Finish up with a layer of the parmesan, bread crumbs, or furikake. Cover and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. Remove the cover and brown slightly.

I adapted this from a recipe in a Good Housekeeping from 1897, and they called it a salad. I think it would be a good sidedish for fish, chicken, or vegetarian meal, and probably with a creamy pasta. I am not a huge fan of most pasta (Husband: Ohhh, this is why we never have spaghetti at home? Me: Duh.) We also like sliced tomatoes sprinkled with parmesan cheese and garlic and broiled quickly under the broiler. You do have to eat them immediately after serving for best results, this doesn’t really keep well. However, if you have leftovers, you can put them in a blender and add to tomato soup, pizza sauce topping, or a tomato based spaghetti sauce.

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Malay/Polynesian, Pacific Islanders, or Asians?

“Are the Native Peoples of The Philippines… MALAYS? 1 I was surprised to learn Filipinos have been taught that they are “Malay”! The Malay Peninsula (on the East Shore of the Indian Ocean) is a LONG way from the Philippine Islands. At Rice, I learned the name of their Language Family as “MalayoPolynesian” — but I never thought about that very deeply before. Since that Language Family spread to Madagascar & to Easter Island [Chile] before the Age of European Exploration, a better name might be: RapaNui-Malagasy. Finally, I realized that the name we use was determined BY European Exploration! The Portuguese traveled down the coast of West Africa, back North along its East Coast, along the monsoon winds to India, and finally on East to Malaya/Spice Islands. There they met their first natives of this Language Family. The English and French sailed West to the Pacific, around Cape Horn/Straits of Magellan, and first encountered the Austronesian Islanders in Tahiti (now French Polynesia). So “Malayo-Polynesian” traces back to the two places where Europeans first met such folks, rather than drawn from their Largest Populations or the Earliest Centers. So, where DID these distinctive peoples originate? Now, we can answer that easily. All Nine branches of this Family have only been spoken by Natives of one Island: FORMOSA / Taiwan! Filipinos have been taught that their ancestors migrated to these islands from the Malay Peninsula (yes, that’s used to encourage acceptance of ISLAM by Filipinos, after all, MOST Malays are Muslims). DID those ancestors island-hop their way across Indonesia’s 7000 islands, eventually reaching the Philippines (following the same “Natural Route” Islam later travelled)?? OK, it’s time to look at a MAP. Find Taiwan. [No, the Chinese people are from China, they’re relatively Recent Immigrants to Taiwan, though they totally dominate that nation today.] Now find Luzon. These Islands are Near Neighbors! How did the Filipinos get from Taiwan to Luzon? They didn’t walk. Neither did these peoples walk to Easter Island, nor to Madagascar, nor any of their 30,000 Native Islands. They sailed! 2 The Austronesians were the BEST Navigators in the Whole World! It was a short and an easy voyage. There are even “Stepping Stones” (the Batanes Archipelago North of Luzon, spans most of that distance toward the South from Formosa). Now look at the Map again and ASK yourself IF this route is more or less believable than the story that those people WALKED across all of those countries inbetween [China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand… none of whose intervening Peoples are “Malayo-Polynesians”, except for Chams of Cambodia/Vietnam] & then SAILED from the Malay Peninsula to Luzon. Compare the two distances. Then, realize they couldn’t have even started that trek… unless they could already SAIL from Taiwan to China! Easy as pie to re-construct now. No, Filipinos aren’t Malays! The flow of Migration went in the Other Direction, down Through the Philippine Islands to the others: Malays are former Filipinos! So are the Indonesians! And the Melanesians! and the Malagasy! Their ancestors all used to live in the Islands which are now known as The Philippines!”

–David Upp Hat-tip to Dr. Kambati Uriam of Kiribati & to Pacific Historical Association publications  September, 2017 Dr. David Upp’s mission link

I don’t know that this is a national belief.  I have asked a couple Filipina friends and they are quite firm that they consider themselves Asian, not Malays.  I just found it interesting.

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Makeover, 1897 Style

“Let’s make ourselves over.

  1. to cure the wrinkles, let’s think of something pleasant with all our hearts and minds.
  2. To cure the sharp tone in our voice, let’s talk a little less, and criticize others a little less and ourselves more.
  3.  To cure our conceit, let’s think how hateful we must be to others and let’s come down from our high stools and walk companionably with the people around us, learning from them, letting them see that we appreciate them, and presto! They’ll begin to say, “We made a mistake about Miss Bookwoman. She’s very pleasant when you know her well, and her ability as a teacher is the highest in town.  A very fine woman- – a fine woman!”

Ah, yes, it pays to make ourselves over every once in a while.”

From an article by Lucy Agnes Hayes in an 1897 issue of American Primary Teacher, Volumes 14-15

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News, Views

As Robert Heinlein was writing about in the 1940s, often politicians write, introduce, and even pass toothless, meaningless bills for political points. Both sides are complicit in allowing the others to do this to fool the constituents at home because they are more aligned with each other than with the voters at home. Recently, Democrats in Maine did just this with a bill about female genital mutilation (FGM) which won’t actually do anything to stop it. Yes, you can find a snopes article saying that’s not true, but Snopes is not a reliable source, particularly when it comes to things that make Democrats look bad.

Buried within a newly declassified congressional report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections is a shocking revelation: former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper not only leaked information about the infamous Steele dossier and high-level government briefings about it to CNN, he also may have lied to Congress about the matter.” Clapper now works for CNN. And CNN knew that he leaked to them, and yet let his lies about leaking to them stand. More here.

Broward Country Deputies vote no confidence in Sheriff Israel by a huge margin (534 to 94). New report makes the Broward County police response to shooting look even worse. They were hiding behind trees while kids got shot. When a cop from another department showed up, they told him what floor the shooter was on, and let him go in while they stayed outside behind cover.
A former Feinstein staffer raised 50 million smackeroos after the 2016 election and used it to hire Fusion GPS and Steele of the infamous Dossier fame. Looks like collusion to me.

Tom Brokaw has been accused of sexual harassment by two women. He has responded with fury, and with the usual “I’m not perfect, I’ve made mistakes” which has been a hallmark of others who then turned out to be guilty. Not saying he is guilty, I don’t know. I do know it’s as hilarious as anything I’ve read this week that he claims to be stunned by ‘the free ride given a woman with a grudge…’ Look, sweety. You were part of creating this culture. It’s a weapon you and your ilk forged to use against one side, but sadly for you, it’s double-edged, and appears to function something like a boomerang flung by utter incompetents at that.
The SPLC is highly successful at self-marketing, self promotion, self aggrandizement, and enriching their own coffers. Also, they smear good people who don’t deserve it.
China using social media like Big Brother (which is why Facebook’s behavior is terrifying)

More here.

Five facts about mass shootings the media won’t be telling you.

North and South Korea- this is the most progress that has ever been made toward peaceful relations between these two countries. Trump, of course, credits himself, but so does South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
I am not sure the average American really understands what this means to Koreans: Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to visit south of the demarcation line between the two Koreas, meeting with President Moon Jae-in. The leaders pledged in a joint statement to seek a formal end to the Korean War by year’s end and to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons.

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AP Reports Alfie Evans has died

Lifenews has it, too.

Kudos to his courageous family for doing all they could to save him. They are his parents. They will still be grieving the emptiness in fifty years, when those defending this murder will have forgotten his name. They are his parents. They will be the ones sobbing and packing up baby clothes while those who ordered this and those defending it are chuckling over cocktails at parties and shopping for whimsical little gadgets they don’t need and going about their lives without being burdened by soul-crushing, wrenching pain, heart-ache and grief. They are his parents. They had every right in the world to pursue even extreme measures to try to save their son, no matter how small the chances. They have the right to a clean grief with no regrets about what they might have done, could have done, no matter how small. Nobody else had the right to rip that right from them.

I have nothing but horror, scorn and imprecatory Psalms on the heads of his murderers and those who defend it. You should never again ask yourselves how on earth the German people turned a blind eye on death camps- those killings started, btw, in hospitals with the ‘defective’ and the ‘terminally ill.’

Look in the mirror. You. Your complacency. Your easy insistence that this was somehow in Alfie’s best interests, that it was in some strange and twisted way *care* for him that led to denying him air, food, water- you are the ones. You are not to be trusted.

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