Today, Google celebrates Gerda Tero’s 108th birthday. I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t remember her name. I’ve been a fan of Robert Capa since seeing an exhibit of his war photography as a teenager. I knew he had a “girl friend” photographer who was killed in the Spanish Civil War. I didn’t realize that she played a similar role to Einstein’s first wife in shaping his now-celebrated work.
Both have similar war styles, but Tero seemed to have a lot more photos of women at war. And I mean at war. Women armed, women shooting in battle, etc. Her iconic photo appears above.
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Why Trump Isn’t Hitler
Many progressive voices fear that President Trump is moving America towards totalitarianism and/or fascism. Trump has brilliantly sold “America First” as a form of patriotism, while others say it’s really anti-American. Serious discussions may draw parallels between Trump and the history of Nazi Germany, even though it’s a conversation-stopper to call him the new Hitler. The hint is always there.
I don’t think Trump is a new Hitler for a fundamental reason: He doesn’t have an organized cadre of thugs to suppress dissenters. The early Nazi Party participated “hugely” in every counter-demonstration and politically-motivated street brawl it could find. That requires a giant organization Trump lacks.
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Here’s the bottom line: If the Scout participates in any type of religious organization, whether it speaks of God or not, there’s no problem.
If the Scout perceives some power, essence, being, or motive force in the universe that could deserve to be called ‘God,’ there should be no problem.
On the other hand, if the Scout or Scout’s family’s personal beliefs forbid referring to any entity as ‘God’ then the Scout could have trouble participating in BSA’s Scouting programs.
Here’s how it works.
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Recently, I spoke to a young adult who avoided attending a funeral. To quote, “The religious stuff creeped me out.”
This is a common reaction from people who haven’t confronted choices of faith, or haven’t resolved them.
Most religious institutions aren’t trying to creep people out. Shouldn’t we minimize or prevent such feelings?
Boy Scouts practically excludes youth brought up outside of religious groups. I don’t think the founders of Scouting wanted to exclude any boys from Boy Scouts. I think we can fix it.
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CJ emailed me this link to a Bonham’s auction last summer. They sold a “complete set” of the Digital Computer Newsletter, a periodical Dad started in the late 1940s to share information about computers under construction or in operation. The issues range in date from 1949 through 1962.
This is one of the earliest computer technology periodicals out there. The auction brought over $4,000.
Unfortunately we didn’t keep a “complete set” like that ourselves. I have the first issue tucked away at the bank, and a few other gems. I don’t know what the other items are worth.
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I’ve downloaded the Senate’s report on the use of torture by the CIA. I’m reading through the summary. It’s about as bad as it could have been – misleading reports of effectiveness, poor oversight at all levels, and a level of abuse worse than many expected.
The terrorism guy from Clinton’s administration, Richard Clarke, as well as people from the FBI (and some I spoke to at security conferences) claimed that standard (non abusive) interrogation techniques were going to prove more effective than the torture. This report confirms.
This recipe was once attributed to a friend Kelly who made wonderful chicken enchiladas for her catering business. We’ve always enjoyed Kelly’s recipe, and we uncovered an original version of Kelly’s recipe. We served these when Alex had his Eagle Court of Honor.
The recipe below is a lot easier than Kelly’s. It’s almost as good, but almost isn’t always what we want.
Each recipe makes one 8×13 pan.
You can, in theory, substitute hamburger and beef broth for the chicken, but we’ve never tried it.
- 1 cooked chicken
- 2 packages of taco seasoning (follow instructions on package)
- 8 oz. cottage cheese
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup salsa
Mix ingredients. Roll into flour tortillas to make 8-10. Place in 8×13 pan.
- Flour & butter
- 1 can chicken bouillon
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 1 can green chilies
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
Melt 6 tablespoons butter, add 6 tablespoons of flour, and make a paste.
Heat the bouillon and add to the paste.
Add sour cream and green chilies, Mix to make the sauce.
Pour the sauce over the tortillas in the pan. Sprinkle the 1 cup of cheddar cheese over the top.
Bake 1 hour at 350 F.
Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Garnish with lettuce, tomato, and sour cream.