The Good, The Bad, And … The Fun!

I was writing a somewhat in-depth post that I had planned for this morning, but ‘things’ kept distracting me – a small family crisis, a catfight, and the flotsam & jetsam of news stories that kept floating across my screen.  So, I finally set it aside and decided to write about a bit of that flotsam & jetsam, for my snark-o-meter is quivering somewhere around the high end.

The Good …

maxine-waters-1Let’s start on a positive note:  Maxine Waters.  Ms. Waters has served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Southern California, including much of Los Angeles, since 1991.  She is the most senior of the twelve black women currently serving in Congress, and she chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 1997 to 1999. She is currently the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee.  What I most like about Ms. Waters is that she does not pull any punches … she “calls ‘em like she sees ‘em”.

Donald Trump managed to get on her wrong side early on, and in the early days of his term, she referred to him as “a bully, an egotistical maniac, a liar and someone who did not need to be President”, and “the most deplorable person I’ve ever met in my life”.  On Monday, when Trump was once again congratulating himself for his “perfect” response to the pandemic crisis, Ms. Waters let loose with both barrels on … where else but Twitter …

  • Trump, since you destroyed the WH unit designed to plan for pandemics like #COVID19, you need to stop being duplicitous about the DPA & get more corps to develop masks, respirators, & everything needed to protect hospital workers trying to save lives. Get your act together!
  • Trump, weren’t you taught at an early age that self congratulations are improper? When you’re doing a good job, you will be commended. When you have to congratulate yourself it’s b/c of incompetence & insecurity. No one values hubris. A lesson you should’ve learned long ago.
  • Trump, stop congratulating yourself! You’re a failure & you’ve mishandled this #COVID19 disaster! You’re not knowledgeable & you don’t know more than experts & generals. Your ignorance & incompetence are appalling & you continue to demonstrate that every time you open your mouth!
  • Trump, Gov Whitmer, the governor you called “that woman”, is what you think of ALL women, period! We women are all “that woman”! We are mothers & working professionals; we’re doctors & lawyers; & we’re elected officials, even governors, & you will show us the respect we deserve!
  • Trump, you incompetent idiot! You sent 18 tons of PPE to China early but ignored warnings & called COVID19 concerns a hoax. You’ve endangered doctors, nurses, aids, orderlies, & janitors – all risking their lives to save ours. Pray 4 forgiveness for the harm that you’re causing!

maxine-waters-2A woman after my own heart!  Now THAT is what I call “telling it like it is”!  Every word is true, and every word deserved.

The Bad …

Howard-BrownePastor Rodney Howard-Browne runs Revival Ministries International and serves as resident pastor of Alex Jones’ Infowars, which should tell you something in itself.  Browne is also the pastor at River at Tampa Bay Church in Tampa, Florida.  At this time when all non-essential businesses are shuttered and schools nationwide are closed, most not expected to re-open until the beginning of next school year, most all churches have also shut down.  Florida was, unconscionably, among the last states to issue a statewide “shelter-in-place” order, but Hillsborough Country, where Howard-Browne’s church is located, has had such an order for “social-distancing” guidelines since last Friday.

However, Mr. Howard-Browne knows better than all the experts, and he was not about to close his church!  He insisted that his church was an essential business (say WHAT???), and that such things as ‘social distancing’ was “for pansies”.  So, when he spoke to a packed church last Sunday, he told the crowd that he had purchased a $100,000 ‘air purification system’ …

“The Lord has helped us secure our congregation. We have brought in 13 machines that basically kill every virus in the place. If someone walks through the door, it kills everything on them. If they sneeze it shoots it down at a 100 mph. It’ll neutralize it in split-seconds. So we have the most sterile building, I don’t know, in all of North America.”

I try very hard to be respectful of people’s religions, though I follow none myself, but this guy … seriously???

So, on Sunday, despite a warning from the Sheriff’s Department, he held not one, but two church services, both filled with hundreds of people, some of whom Howard-Browne had bused in.  And, by the end of the day on Sunday, Mr. Howard-Browne had been arrested on misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and violating quarantine orders during a public health emergency.

Howard-Browne has rather a history of being a conspiracy theorist (remember, he is the ‘resident pastor’ of Infowars), and as recently as March 22 said that the coronavirus was a “phantom plague” created by the Chinese but also somehow planned at a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation event.

His attorney, the notorious Mat Staver of anti-LGBTQ fame, claims …

“Contrary to Sheriff Chronister’s allegation that Pastor Howard-Browne was ‘reckless,’ the actions of Hillsborough Country and the Hernando County Sheriff are discriminatory against religion and church gatherings.”

And these are the people who try to tell the world that their values are so superior to the rest of us, that they and only they know that such things as same-sex marriage and abortion are so wrong?  Freakin’ nutcases!!!!

And The Fun …

Today is {drumroll 🥁} … National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!!! PB-JDid you know that the average American will have eaten over 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from high school?  A bit of trivia …

Peanut butter was considered a delicacy in the early 1900s and was only served in New York City’s finest tea rooms. In a May 1896 article published in the Good Housekeeping magazine, a recipe “urged homemakers to use a meat grinder to make peanut butter and spread the result on bread.”  That same year, in June, the culinary magazine Table Talk, published a “peanut butter sandwich recipe.”

It is thought that Julia Davis Chandler issued the first reference to peanut butter (or paste) paired with jelly on bread in the United States in 1901. Her article is found in the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics. In the late 1920s, the price of peanut butter declined, and the sandwich became very popular with children.

According to the Peanut Board, during World War II, both peanut butter and jelly were part of the United States soldiers’ military ration list.

In 1968, The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced Goober, a jarred product that combined alternating vertical stripes of peanut butter and jelly.

What’s your favourite PB&J sandwich?  Mine is, I think, Jif Peanut Butter with Blackberry jam.  However, I wouldn’t turn down one with Strawberry jam or Wimberry either!  Now, you’ve put up with enough of Filosofa’s snark for this morning … get thee to the kitchen and have a PB&J sandwich … go on … you know you want to!

32 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad, And … The Fun!

  1. Two Thumbs Up for Maxine, Four Thumbs Up for Peanut Butter & Jelly ( in his absence, I’m adding Benjamin’s thumbs for him) and Two Thumbs in the eyes of one Howard-Browne as Two Thumbs Down does not adequately describe my contempt for such as he! Okay, forget that I said the ‘thumbs in the eyes’ thingy. I did not intend it in the literal sense, rather as a more symbolic gesture of my disapproval. I do not condone physical violence for even the most deserving of misdeeds by anyone, nor have I ever engaged in it either. Another of my lame attempts at humor, forgive my transgression! Please excuse me, I must go console myself with a spoonful of peanut butter…it might take a jarful of spoonfuls! Thank-YOU!!

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    • Thanks for adding Benjamin’s thumbs for him! I surely do miss that little guy! An addendum to the Howard-Browne story … today, Governor DeSantis declared that churches are exempt from the “stay-at-home” order, so likely the charges will be dropped, and Mr. H-B will go back to his packed Sunday masses, or whatever he calls them. Sigh. I used to be like you, not condoning physical violence, but for some strange reason, over the past three years, I can easily applaud it. Sigh. I do not like what the Ass in the Oval has turned me into. As I write this, I am partaking in a spoonful of peanut butter, so … cheers!


  2. Like David, being on this side of the pond, the idea of peanut butter and jam (sorry, jelly) does not appeal. I do like peanut butter, however, we have the 100% peanut version, no planet destroying palm oil. These days I have a vitamin B12 deficiency so I have it with Marmite. Now, you will ask, what the (expletive deleted) is Marmite? It’s yeast extract, a bi-product of the brewing industry flavoured with salt. You need only a small quantity to add a salty flavour to most anything. Australians call it Vegemite.
    As for that pastor, words fail me.

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    • Vegemite on toast, that is what Tom Hanks was indulging in during the quarantine with wife, Rita Wilson, due to their contracting Covid-19 in Australia. I had never heard of vegemite or marmite before then. Thank-you for the explanation.

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    • Actually, having been friends with people on your side of the pond for many years now, I was aware of both Marmite and Vegemite, though thankfully I can say I have never had the dubious pleasure of eating either. 😊 I’m happy, however, to know that at least you have an appreciation for peanut butter (nature’s most perfect food), unlike a certain person who shall remain unnamed in the interest of me keeping the hair on my head! 😉


    • I pretty much grew up on Vegemite, peanut paste and plum jam sandwiches — what I usually to school for my lunch as a child down under. It’s not easy to find either Marmite or Vegemite here in the USA, though I do sometime buy it when I find it.

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    • Yes, Maxine is my hero of the day! Yes, far too many people are nuts these days. And peanut butter is the one food I’ve never gotten burned out on. I don’t make PB&J sandwiches often, for I am lazy … much easier just to grab a spoon and have a few lovely spoonsful of PB, leaving out the J. 😉

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  3. Good for Maxine, long may she reign., Bad for Pastor Rodney Howard -Browne that man plays with other peoplle’s lives,Bad cess to whomever dreamed up PB&J sandwiches. A foul creation.It’s jam not jelly.

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    • An interesting update to the Howard-Browne story … today it is announced that Florida’s state-wide ‘stay-at-home’ order will exempt churches, calling them “essential”, and thus allowing Mr. H-B to continue holding his services. 🙄

      Of course I must disagree with you on the PB&J issue … peanut butter being nature’s most perfect food! If I had to choose only one food to eat for the rest of my life … bring on the peanut butter! I will concede, however, that jam is far preferable to jelly … jelly slithers around on the sammie too much and ends up plopping on your lap.

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  4. Hmmmm. Seventy years old, plus a bit, and I’ve eaten maybe 5 PB&J sandwiches in my life, enjoying none of them. You’ve rubbed my face in it, Jill, I am definitely not average–and I am very glad I’m not.

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  5. Is it just me or does that so-called pastor look like a mafia boss? Happy Thursday despite all these covidiots and in honour of all the good people! Let’s have a peanut butter sandwich 😁🙋‍♀️🐝


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