Friday, October 05, 2018


The other week, Tammy came over with some Vegemite samples for us to try for the first time and video it for her Aussie friend.  Cool.  I never had the stuff but always wanted to try it. 

I figured it was about as gross as peanut butter is to Germans and if an Aussie kid can handle it, so can I.

It wasn't quite what I expected.  Very salty and tasted something like beef bullion with a flavor I couldn't quite place.  I liked it and Tammy sent the video to her Aussie friend.

Today she gave me a tube of Vegemite from her friend because I liked the stuff so much.  I guess not many folks outside OZ can appreciate that stuff.

Well, tonight I was sitting here sucking Vegemite from the tube and chasing it with rum when it hit me.

When you make rum, the stuff left in the boiler after the alcohol is distilled out is called dunder.  It has a stink to it that makes you open the windows in winter and it's the reason you distill your rum twice because some of that stink carries over to the finished product.

It's spent yeast and that's exactly what Vegemite is made of.  That and some other stuff.

I just found out that Vegemite is also very keto.  Lots of vitamins and salts our human bodies need, and the taste of sucking on a salty bouillon cube is out of this world.

It also goes great with rum.

Bone appetite.        

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

to nancy

I remember it well.  It was back in the 70s.  We were at a party in Danny Monetta's apartment house.  Pam was there and looking as delicious as cheesecake.  She said something that provoked us to ravage her.  Mike and I picked her up in our arms and as my girlfriend watched, Mike took advantage of her top half while I did a pseudo muff dive as Nancy took pictures.
As we were leaving for the night, Pam took the picture you see below.

Such was life back then.  We wore cowboy hats and flight suits and didn't give a shit about nuthin.

Nancy was my girl back then and I'd visit her at Elbys where she was a waitress.  I'd get a coffee, leave a penny tip, and take her some place when she got off work.

Our first real date was with another couple where she took me to a party on Susquehanna avenue.  As she attempted to introduced me to the hostess, the hostess said, "Since when does Tom Patrick need an introduction."  I knew her, as I knew everyone at that time and it only solidified my attachment to Nancy.  She loved me and I loved her.

We eventually went our separate ways but we always kept in touch.  When we had the opportunity, we hopped a plane for Germany to celebrate a mutual friends birthday and spent a week in Italy.  We got caught in the rain as we explored lake Gorda, had espresso in Verona, and picked figs from Italian walls on the street.  I remember Nancy's voice as she said, "Hey Tom, we're in Italy."  

Nancy died last week from cancer.

Her memorial was last Saturday.

I feel sad.

   Nice knownin ya, Nancy.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018


“The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

the fed is dead

The Federal Reserve is down. The Treasury has taken over the task of sorting and transferring payments. The Fed's charter expired in 2012. I remember reading about that at the time. But apparently the PTBs in charge of things were content to let it continue. This PTB is not.

The new fiscal year begins October 1. I have not heard a peep out of congress about next year's budget. Without a budget, the government will shut down. At least part of it. October 1 is a Monday.

If there's a new financial situation, then there'll have to be a bank holiday. Thomas Paine of American Intelligence Media has been saying for months that the government will take over the Fed and declare all our debt to be "odious debt". Which means we don't pay it! Which is the only way we'll ever get free of that burden.

Remember the old saying: If you owe the bank 20 thousand dollars and can't pay, you have a problem. If you owe the bank 20 trillion dollars and can't pay, the bank has a problem.

Open the sealed indictments and there may be a lot of senators and representatives among them. If there's not enough for a quorum, Trump can do what Lincoln did: Declare martial law and start taking names and kicking ass.
So let's review what we've learned. The Federal Reserve that has been part of our lives since 1913 is dead. Imagine! Debt free currency! JFK would be so proud!
I'm willing to wager that we won't really know what a burden we've been under with the Fed until we're free of it. And if all this really happens, it'll be an October Surprise we'll never forget. And it will make a real contribution to our collective goal:
Make America Great Again