Saturn Saturday

I only gave today’s post this title because I felt like showing this picture.



Here are links to three posts from Why Evolution Is True:


A comment worth highlighting

Oberlin gives up fighting Gibson’s Bakery, starts coughing up dough

FIRE free-speech rankings again put Chicago on top, but Columbia at rock bottom


From the first post I did find the first part of the comment from a blog reader to be particularly on the mark:


“The Social Justice theocrats are almost impossible to debate, as they are fundamentalists who honestly believe they are the repository of all holy truth…”


Once again, woke is a cult.

The part about Columbia ranking last in free-speech hits home to me for a couple of reasons. The first is that a cousin of mine, but not someone with whom I communicate regularly, worked there for many years. The second is that when I was in high school a recruiter from Columbia chose me among five students with whom she wished to meet. My high school graduating class had 530 students. I have always joked that I was chosen because I was the Jewish student with the highest grade point average.

If I had attended Columbia, and assuming I would have survived because the school’s neighborhood was quite dangerous in those days, my life would have almost certainly turned out differently. As an Ivy League graduate I would have been considered among “the anointed” and I am not using that phrase as Thomas Sowell uses it.

I might not have pursued baseball as a career, but I would still be able to work at an interesting job if I wanted to. When I list the reasons I have been shunted into the employment backwater, my lack of an Ivy League degree is always among them.


On this day in 1953 Swanson sold its first TV dinner. In April of 1955, the Campbell Soup Company acquired Swanson. By the next year annual sales of TV dinners reached 13 million.

I remember eating TV dinners not infrequently when I was young and usually I was not eating them while watching TV. I don’t remember the brand name, but I remember that I enjoyed a particular fried chicken TV dinner and probably ate it once or twice a month. Maybe this was it:


Swanson's TV dinner


The trend today is to subscribe to a service to have “fresh” dinners with “natural” ingredients delivered on a regular basis. We have never looked into subscribing, but I doubt those services are inexpensive. I did not grow up with money and frozen TV dinners were an economical way for my mother to feed us.

A tangent: I used to enjoy cooking, but have lost virtually all patience for it. Breakfast is almost always either cereal at home or dining out. Lunch is almost always eating something prepared by a restaurant. With my terrible GERD I don’t/can’t eat dinner. I snack on protein bars and dark chocolate, but I am almost always hungry–like as I am writing this. Time for breakfast…








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6 thoughts on “Saturn Saturday

  1. “I used to enjoy cooking, but have lost virtually all patience for it.”

    I still enjoy cooking, mainly because I enjoy eating. Most restaurants prepare meals for ease of preparation, and to appeal to a broad spectrum of customers. Any new items on a menu are tested to satisfy a volume of consumers, as opposed to a certain group. When I cook, I experiment; wonder if these 2/3 disparate ingredients would taste good together? Sometimes it works, sometimes even the dog won’t eat it. I have, over the years, come up with a few recipes that folks ask for on a regular basis; my cowboy beans, coleslaw, roast pork, red chowder and a dish that was nicknamed the “dog vomit special” (because of the way it looks) to name a few.

    Like my varied automotive tastes, life’s too short to eat boring food.


    1. “Like my varied automotive tastes, life’s too short to eat boring food.”

      DDM, in theory I agree with your statement, but in application I have just lost almost all patience to cook. I wish that weren’t so, but it is what it is. So, what’s in the “dog vomit special?”


      1. “So, what’s in the “dog vomit special?”

        I start with smoked chicken and garlic sausage, cut into 1/2” thick slices then quartered. Saute over medium heat in a mild red wine and butter until done, about 6-8 minutes per pound. At the same time I flash fry finely cut carrots, finely cut broccoli and cauliflower, fresh peas, onions and celery on medium/high heat for about 4-5 minutes. Once the sausage is done, add the vegetables and one large can of golden mushroom soup with 1/2 can of water, a bit of oregano a bit of sage and sometimes I’ll add rosemary to the sausage. Let it simmer over low heat for 10-12 minutes. I serve it over either egg noodles, home fried potatoes or rice.
        Looks like hell but tastes like heaven according to most everyone that has had it.


  2. You are right on the button about “Woke” = Cult. Also known as “Virtue Signaling”, let us hope this FAD dies out soon. At least there are some positive indications that the American people are sick and tired of the ceaseless barrage of being told the “correct way” to think/behave/act:

    Get Woke, Go Broke: Starbucks Will Close 16 Stores Due to Drug Use and Crime

    Get Woke, Go Broke: Hollywood Is Dying And They Deserve It

    Get Woke Go Broke: Twitter Staff Told Bonuses To Be Reduced

    ‘Go Woke, Get Broke’: Netflix Stock Plunges and Subscribers Flee
    “The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable.”


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