Tuesday, March 29, 2016

God's a Bernie Bro Dickhead

"God" on Facebook has usually been a funny character, mostly looking to laugh at bad guys, and remind folks that good guys exist. I've followed "him" for a while, and noticed that occasionally he gets down in the dumps about what people think of him or his schtick, but overall I thought he was pretty funny and that he was being a good person.

Until now, tonight, when he posted an insulting and dumb article that falsely says Hillary Clinton is requiring a large sum of money to debate Bernie Sanders, which the article claims will be useful for her to use the money to ... start a bunch of wars. (?)

I'm for Hillary, but I know not everybody is. I have friends who are for Bernie. That's OK to disagree. But fight on honest terms; disagree on honest terms. To post fake made up stuff to try to slander the candidate you disagree with is over the line. If the candidate sucks, hang them by the truth, not by falsehood.

So I unfollowed God on Facebook tonight, and I let him know why in a Facebook message. He resorted to insults in response. In theory, we're on the same side, politically, but it's really disappointing that he chooses to smear.

So, I know a number of my friends follow God on Facebook. I'd ask you to reconsider. Disagreeing on who to vote for is fine; reasonable people disagree. But he apparently can't do it without making shit up and/or calling people names.

I don't think that's cool, and I don't think that's very godly.

(You can read the Facebook message exchange over on the right. He sent more insults after this, but I stopped responding. My point wasn't to continue debating with somebody whose mind was already made up; I just wanted to let him know that it drove me way, and I have done so. I never did "tell him how to exist;" he's free to keep on keepin' on.)

Like I said, this isn't really about Hillary Clinton. It's about how "God" acted. But you want to make the fight about Hillary Clinton? OK, my wife wrote the book on that. A book that I agree with 100%. I'm not trying to force you, convince you, or shame you into voting for Hillary, which is why I declined to get it into with him. A closed mind gathers no facts. Like my wife says in her post, "If you believe she’s a slick narcissist/sociopath who cares about nothing but gaining power for its own sake, of course you’re not going to vote for her. If you believe her real interests lie only with the 1%, or that she’s by nature a warmonger, of course you should oppose her. I don’t believe those things." 

Meaning, I'm telling you how I feel, not telling you how to feel. And feel free to disagree with me; but, do it based on the merits and facts-- please don't muddle it up with made up bullshit, if you want my respect or ear.

Friday, March 25, 2016

World's Easiest Vegan Chili

Before Cooking

Fake meat chili in the slow cooker? Super easy. We eat meat, but occasionally buy meat substitutes, and they're usually packaged in a way where you can keep it in the freezer until you need it. This takes under 10 minutes to prepare, and you spend most of that time dicing an onion.

  • 1 can mild chili beans in mild chili sauce, 14.5 ounces
  • 1 can black beans, 14.5 ounces
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, 14.5 ounces
  • 1 package fake meat grounds (11 oz. in our case)
  • Your favorite onion (we had a big ole' white onion)
  • Chili seasoning packet (Aldi's Stonemill Original Chili Seasoning Mix)
The fake meat doesn't really matter; just get one that looks like crumbled ground beef and comes in a package of somewhere around or just under a pound. I see both 11 ounce and 14 ounce packages. I bought these "Beyond Beef" grounds on a whim at our local Target. Everything else came from Aldi, my favorite grocery store. You don't have to buy "chili" beans, either. Almost any kind of beans will work.

To prepare, all you need to do is:

  • Dice the onion.
  • Open the two cans of beans and can of diced tomatoes. Drain them, but do not strain them. Meaning, hold the lid down and turn the cans upside down, draining most, but not all of the liquid into the sink. (If you don't do this, the chili comes out watery.)
  • Throw the onion, frozen fake meat crumbles, beans and diced tomatoes into the crock pot.
  • Add the chili seasoning packet.
  • Stir everything together.
  • Set the slow cooker for at least eight hours on low.

Then when dinner time rolls around, you've got delicious chili that tastes pretty good.

If you hate animals, you can add sour cream and shredded cheese to taste.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Hidden Gourmet Treasures Await You at Twisted Tapas

Hey, look! It's our favorite restaurant, Twisted Tapas in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, getting a fine write-up over on the ChitownConnections blog. Check it out!