Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Thomas Ricks followed up his Fresh Air interview with some choice words about Trump in Politico:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/28/general-mcmaster-step-downand-let-trump-be-trump-215199

For those unfamiliar with Ricks, he has been one of the leading writers on the American military for the last two decades. His book Fiasco is the definitive work on the Iraq War, and his influence is . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is

Tom Ricks was on Fresh Air this week. (The podcast may be heard below.) I’ve always enjoyed his interviews, but this portion of it, when the subject of Fox News came up, made me sit up and take notice:

GROSS: You must be wondering what’s going to happen at Fox News now, especially after . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is

Mint: Easy to Grow, Endless Culinary Possibilities, by Jill Kuhel

Tuesday eating from your yard tip~Mint comes in many varieties all with different tastes to compliment our food and aid in digestion. My walking partner, Maria Baher-Olomi, serves baked slices egg plant with a yogurt and spearmint sauce~pure heaven! Mint is also an important ingredient in the cucumber yogurt sauce served with gyros and . . . → Read More: Mint: Easy to Grow, Endless Culinary Possibilities, by Jill Kuhel

The 2016 World Series Started in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

On the occasion of the San Francisco Giants’ annual visit to Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the following regarding their victory in San Francisco last year in the National League Division Series:

“I’m telling you, man, Game 4 pretty much won the World Series. I did not want to see Mr. . . . → Read More: The 2016 World Series Started in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

50th Vanniversary: THE MARSHMALLOW THAT MADE… AND ALMOST BROKE VAN MORRISON, By Claude Iosso

On the way to forging his own way in music, Van Morrison penned a sentimental ditty called “Brown Eyed Girl.” Sung with gusto over a simple, three-chord melody, the song remains Morrison’s biggest hit 50 years later. “Brown Eyed Girl” is still sung around campfires and is an oldies station staple, but I think . . . → Read More: 50th Vanniversary: THE MARSHMALLOW THAT MADE… AND ALMOST BROKE VAN MORRISON, By Claude Iosso

No Meat on These Lambs Quarters, by Jill Kuhel

If you have any open dirt you most likely have lambs~quarters. Consider it a free gift to fill your tummy. The cooked leaves and soaked seeds are edible. The young leaves are tender, but like all of us get tougher with age so pick them when they are below 8 inches. Roger Welsch in . . . → Read More: No Meat on These Lambs Quarters, by Jill Kuhel

A Valuable Discovery – The Spot For Autographs, by Chuck Strom

On my visit to AT&T Park last month, I was watching the Giants take batting practice when I noticed something important: players would come to the end of the dugout to sign autographs. Armed with this knowledge, I arrived early enough to be one of the first people in the gates when they opened . . . → Read More: A Valuable Discovery – The Spot For Autographs, by Chuck Strom

Van Morrison – Crazy Love, by Rich Horton

A couple weeks ago I was working up an acoustic arrangement of Van’s song, “Crazy Love,” for May May and me to sing with another couple. After a few passes at it, I abandoned it for a different song by a more harmony-inclined band. Despite the catchiness & simplicity of “Crazy Love,” it just . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Crazy Love, by Rich Horton

Comey Firing Resurrects Hunter Thompson’s Nixon Obituary, by Vino Knight-Trane

James Fallows of The Atlantic linked HST’s Nixon obituary in his post on Friday following the Comey dismissal:

He Was a Crook: Hunter S. Thompson on Nixon – The Atlantic

www.theatlantic.com

He Was a Crook. A scathing obituary of Richard Nixon, originally published in Rolling Stone on June 16, 1994.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/308699/

I’m not . . . → Read More: Comey Firing Resurrects Hunter Thompson’s Nixon Obituary, by Vino Knight-Trane

Two Games For the Price of One: The San Francisco Giants Play 17 Innings On Orange Friday, by Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto

Last Friday, the San Francisco Giants played the Cincinnati Reds in a game that went 17 innings and ended after midnight, when Buster Posey hit a home run and allowed everyone remaining to go home and get some much needed sleep. I stayed for 14 of those innings, leaving only because I . . . → Read More: Two Games For the Price of One: The San Francisco Giants Play 17 Innings On Orange Friday, by Chuck Strom

Live and Let Chive, by Jill Kuhel

Onion chives in full bloom

Onion chives are one of my top five herbs. Both the leaves and flowers are edible. The flowers especially have a subtle onion flavor making them both visually and pallet pleasing. My friend Chong Knievel said that in Korea they eat chives in the spring to clean their blood. . . . → Read More: Live and Let Chive, by Jill Kuhel

Mavis Staples, Wilco, Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie, by Ricky Polite

Mavis Staples is one of the very true American voices left. She sang with the Staples Singers and had many hits with that group. Mavis early on became the featured singer there given her unique sound. Her voice was low and passionate and the only one of its kind. Mavis is a national . . . → Read More: Mavis Staples, Wilco, Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie, by Ricky Polite

Punk Rock Cover Band Brings Their Fun & Zany Show to the Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

Thursday May 4 I had the esteemed privilege of seeing punk rock cover band Me First & the Gimme Gimmes. Me First, for those of you unfamiliar with them, are a punk band who turn non-punk songs into punk songs. “Songs like Leavin’ On A Jet Plane,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” etc.

Jay Bentley . . . → Read More: Punk Rock Cover Band Brings Their Fun & Zany Show to the Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

Etta James – Take it to the Limit, by Pat Thomas

The album cover art is easily the winner for the world’s worst cover art released by a legendary musician, but damn, I love the Etta James Live From San Francisco album from 1981. She can even make this Eagles tune sound genius.

– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights . . . → Read More: Etta James – Take it to the Limit, by Pat Thomas

Reverend Horton Heat Brings a Solo Acoustic Show And Amusing Stories to Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

On Saturday night after spending all day at the Punk Rock Flea Market selling my wares, I headed to the Tractor Tavern in Seattle’s old Ballard neighborhood. Playing was the Reverend Horton Heat doing a (semi) solo acoustic show without his long-time sidekick Jimbo on bass and no drummer.

I arrived just after eight . . . → Read More: Reverend Horton Heat Brings a Solo Acoustic Show And Amusing Stories to Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

It Gets Worse – Cool Kids

Seattle ska band It Gets Worse have long been a favorite of East Portland Blog. They are in the midst of a good, long run of success and have just released a video for “Cool Kids.” The band will be appearing at the Nectar Lounge in Seattle on June 18 with Mad Caddies . . . → Read More: It Gets Worse – Cool Kids

Lessons for Trump in CIA “Ashes” and Korean War, by Davin Michael Stedman

REALITY CHECK: How much you want to bet that Trump doesn’t know that we actually fought China in the first Korean War, and that they whooped our ass? It was an ass whooping that ended as a stalemate and North Korea is still here taunting us because we lost. We almost got pushed right . . . → Read More: Lessons for Trump in CIA “Ashes” and Korean War, by Davin Michael Stedman

Stinging Nettles: Wholesome and Delectable, by Jill Kuhel

Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettles, when prepared properly, are a storehouse of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron etc etc. Any dish you would make with cooked spinach can be made with stinging nettles. The leaves and stems are picked in the spring when the plants are less than 6″ tall wearing gloves to protect you from . . . → Read More: Stinging Nettles: Wholesome and Delectable, by Jill Kuhel

Wait Until Next Year: Looking Forward For The Blazers, by Chuck Strom

As expected, the Golden State Warriors rolled over the Portland Trail Blazers with such confidence that a concert was scheduled at Oracle Arena on the same night that a Game 5 would have taken place. The handwriting on the wall was evident after Game 1, when Portland guards Damon Lillard and CJ McCollum shot . . . → Read More: Wait Until Next Year: Looking Forward For The Blazers, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner in Dirt Bike Accident, by Chuck Strom

Just heard that Giant pitcher Madison Bumgarner just banged up his ribs and pitching shoulder on a dirt bike. Out six to eight weeks. A “What were you thinking?” moment if there ever was one. Reminiscent of former Giant second baseman Jeff Kent’s injury from popping wheelies during spring training in 2002. The Giants . . . → Read More: Madison Bumgarner in Dirt Bike Accident, by Chuck Strom