A Republic, If You Can Keep It.

A cardboard protest sign, which reads "Stop asking me to forgive fascism."
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It should have been a landslide.

It shouldn’t have been a nail-biter.

It was, one hoped, the easiest question ever posed to the American people. After four years of a steady march towards fascism, four years of daily outrages — violations of the Constitution, literal textbook-definition Crimes Against Humanity, human rights violations, criminality and corruption — the American people should have buried Donald Trump and his enablers in the Republican Party in a massive tidal wave of repudiation. Something along the lines of the rejection of Barry Goldwater in 1964. We would stand up, together, and shout as loudly as we could, WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS.

But we’re not.

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Quarantine Provisions: Everything Bagels

Long time no post. We’re all living in that nether-space of Blursday, the Eleventy-Shifth of Marprilay, and it’s been hard to keep up with things. Mea Culpa.

I decided to become the ultimate Quarantine Stereotype, and try my hand at bread-baking — but because it’s me, I went for one of the things that I miss most about living in NY: Real, honest-to-god BAGELS.

So first: A brief highlight reel:

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Quarantine achievement unlocked: homemade bagels.

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Quarantine Provisions: Crock Pot Kielbasa

Took a few days off, but here I am with another quick recipe for all your shelter-in-place needs. This one is a crock pot dish — just set it and go — and again, will yield easily-reheated leftovers!

Crock Pot Kielbasa.


• 2 (14 ounce) cans sauerkraut, drained
• 5 or 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
• 4 tart apples, sliced
• 3/4 cup apple juice or cider
• 1 pound Polish sausage, cut into chunks
• 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 1/2 cup of brown sugar
• 3/4 teaspoon salt.

Layer sauerkraut, apples and potatoes in crock pot, with spices and then add liquid.  Cook 3 hours on high (4-5 hours on low) until potatoes are tender.  Tasty tasty.