Words Can Never Hurt Me?

I seldom curse. Not for any moral reason. Not because I believe Christians shouldn’t curse (I don’t). I think it calls attention to you and I try to avoid that whenever possible. I just save it for times when it makes an impact. Having said that, it’s just words. Nothing more. Nothing less. Those words literally mean only whatever you decide they mean to you. Your level of offense at a word is equal to the power you’ve given the word over you. No one else can influence that.
This man gave the words “Deez Nuts” the power of life and death. Over his roommate and, now, over him. Think about that.
Deez Nuts
Talk about your obvious signs of the end times. You can chuckle. I know I still am.
Worth it?
– Eliot

Trump! Trump! Trump!

I’m taking the rare step of reposting something I just posted on Facebook. I had to. Here’s why.

These are real people. Saying real things. Showing how they really feel. In Massachusetts.

I’ve been to Massachusetts. It is not the most racially tolerant place on earth. Not even in the top 80 percent. Neither the words that were said or the topics surprised me and I doubt they would surprise most Black folks. But I do want my White friends to understand this from the video.

Those guys you see? Those guys you hear? If it is ever just late enough AND they are just drunk enough AND it is just dark enough AND there are just enough of them together, your friend Eliot is well and truly fucked.

Every time.

(Insert standard gun as magic talisman argument here which I will summarily ignore because it is both nonsense and irrelevant)

These guys are always ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence. That is the other talk we have with our Black sons. Once they get old enough to become a threat to the American Boers. Steer clear. Give them a wide berth but NEVER GIVE THEM GROUND. Never. Your ancestors fought, bled and died for that ground.

If need be, you will do the same.

I’m glad some of you get to finally see what is in the minds of Trump supporters. What is meant when they say what they say to our faces and they do what they do in their displays of uber-Patriotism. What America will look like when they get finished making it great again. What the Voice of “Heritage Not Hate” sounds like. You’ve got to admit that they are true to their heritage.

Rest assured, you’re not part of their America.

Well, most of you aren’t.

  • Eliot

Do Vaccines Work In Politics?

On POLITICO.COM today, Cory Bennett tries to give good political cover to the Democrats against the shoe that hasn’t dropped from the DNC email hack. He doesn’t try to hide his intention.

Democrats’ new warning: Leaks could include Russian lies

The headline couldn’t be more clear. Just in case you didn’t get it, the subhead pounds it home:

The move could help inoculate Hillary Clinton against an October cyber surprise.

It’s crisis management as vaccine. The Clintons aren’t satisfied with getting in front of a crisis after it has happened. They are doing whatever is needed to kill it before it ever draws breath. While it’s still just a fantasy of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

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RiverHouse Pain Perdu

RiverHouse Pain Perdu


Bread, Breakfast, Eggs, Main Dish

Prep 10 hr ∙ Cook 30 min ∙ Makes 4 ∙ Difficulty Easy ∙ Source RiverHouse Cookbook


  • 1 baguette or brioche (slightly dry or day-old is good), sliced into approximately 1-inch slices
  • 5-7 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries/figs
  • 1/2 cup walnuts/pecans/almonds
  • 1/4 cup dates


1. Generously butter a 9×13-inch baking pan. Place the bread (or other carbohydrate) in a single layer along the bottom of your pan.

2. In a separate medium sized bowl, combine the eggs, whole milk, extract, sugar, and cinnamon until combined. Beat until you have light bubbles around the edges, but not frothy. Gently stir in dried fruit and nuts, only long enough to make sure they’re evenly dispersed and coated.

3. Pour this mixture over the arranged slices of bread, lifting slices to make sure it gets into all of the in-between spots. If you miss spots on the top of the slices, you can either flip them upside down (the bottoms will likely be well coated since the mixture has settled in the bottom of the pan).

4. Cover well, and place in the refrigerator overnight. Go to sleep; have sweet dreams.

5. Wake up the next morning. Think of how you’d love to have some French toast, but lament the fact that it sounds like so much work. But before you despair, remember: you’ve already done the work! Do a happy dance on over to the kitchen to preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

6. Once preheated, place the pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden and bubbling.

7. Remove from the oven and transfer the pan to a heatproof surface to cool for about 15 minutes. Serve warm. While this dish is designed as a stand-alone item, you can feel free to top with maple syrup, whipped cream, yogurt, or roasted fruit jam.

Store well-wrapped leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Zika Funding By Niggerial Fiat

The President acted to move money around so that there was some funding (not enough) for Zika vaccine development. He did this because Congress went on vacation just as it became apparent Zika had reached our shores. And they punted on funding.

So again the President must use his power as the Chief Executive Officer to fill the hole created by Democratic and Republican insistence on doing nothing but feathering their own nests. We have employees that spend all of their time making sure they keep their job without actually doing their job.

And now we listen to the wails of “Executive Overreach” and “Dictator” and “Socialist” (they don’t know why they said it either). Every name they can think of when all of the while, in the back of their skull, wrapped around the base of their spine, is an evil, malignancy that they just can’t shake.

Say it

It begs them to say the word. That word they long to say. That word that has the power to remind everyone that no matter how low they may be on the totem pole, there was always someone lower in the Land of the Free.

Say it

Scream it out. Don’t just say it. That would be losing. It would be showing they can limit how you can use the rhetorical cutlass that it is. It’s a word made to be used. To beat and bash and bludgeon. To pummel and pound. To destroy.


It’s just a word. They use it all of the time. Why can’t we? What about our rights? Go ahead.



We’re waiting.

RiverHouse Habanero Bread And Butter Pickles – Recipe

RiverHouse Bread and Butter Pickles


Prep 30 min ∙ Cook 20 min ∙ Makes 10 pints ∙ Difficulty Easy ∙ Source RiverHouse Chronicles


  • 24 cups thick sliced pickling cucumbers
  • 4 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup coarse salt
  • 7 cups cracked ice
  • 4 cups cider vinegar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1.5 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 Star Anise (broken)
  • 5 Habañero Peppers


1. Combine cucumbers, onions, fennel, salt and ice in a large bowl.

2. Mix well.

3. Put a weight on and allow to stand 3 hours. (For a weight, I use a plate with a gallon bottle of water on top of it).

4. Rinse and drain thoroughly.

5. Combine vinegar, sugar, turmeric, celery seed and mustard seed in a large pot.

6. Add drained cucumbers.

7. Place pot on medium low heat.

8. Bring almost to a boil, but DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL.

9. Remove from heat.

10. Place one pepper in each jar.

11. Seal in sterilized jars, 10 minutes in a hot water bath.


Easy way to sterilize jars: Wash them well in hot soapy water.
Dry them off.
Put on a cookie sheet, right side up, at 225°F for 15 minutes.
Turn off oven and leave them in there until you need them.


Serving Size: 1 (3188 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories 822.8
Calories from Fat 14 2%
Total Fat 1.6 g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.3 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 9459.7 mg 394%
Total Carbohydrate 198.7 g 66%
Dietary Fiber 4.9 g 19%
Sugars 180.6 g 722%
Protein 5.2 g 10%