Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Trumpster Schools Us On Freedom of the Press

Says the guy who's been fact checked and found to be the biggest liar of the 2016 presidential election!


Jerry Critter said...

I guess Trump has his own definition of freedom.

Infidel753 said...

As Voltaire said, "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." Think how true that will be if Donald Trump becomes the government.

Gordon said...

The guy in the upper right corner resembles me. Well, the expression, anyway.

And you'd be thrilled if Clint stopped by, I know you would.

Ahab said...

Trump is a whiny baby. Whenever something goes wrong in his campaign, it's always someone else's fault. It's the media's fault. It's Megyn Kelly's fault. It's Hillary Clinton's fault. The man couldn't take responsibility for his actions if he wanted to.

Shaw Kenawe said...


How are you???? It is so good to see you here! I've wondered where you've been. I hope all is well with you.

BTW, you are way better looking than Clint. I'm more thrilled you're here, not him!

Gordon said...

Well, Clint knows his limitations, and I've become more aware of mine lately. Clint's has a reputation for having some fairly hawt gals in his life, but he has not seen you in boots, and I have. So there's that.

I'm told there are one or two places to eat in the Boston area. Something about beans, I think. I know you're a slow eating kind of girl, so you probably never eat out, but if coworkers or such know of something, I'd be grateful for suggestions.

Shaw Kenawe said...

I'm not in Boston this week and if I were I'd show you around. There are over 100 restaurants in my neighborhood, the North End, where guys like. Franklin, Adams, and Revere hung out a little before my time. If you like Italian food this is the place. Lemoncello on North Street is good value for your money. It's not fancy pan you, but good home cooking, medium price. Antico Forno on Salem Street is also good value, medium price, and Carmelina's on Hanover is too. For the best pizza, there's Pizzaria Regina on Thatcher Street. Kind of a "joint" that serves the best pizza and wine and beer. If you can't get in there, there's Pushcart Pizza on Salem Street. Don't forget to try a cannoli. I recommend Maria's on Cross Street or Modern Pastry on Hanover. Mike's Pastry has the reputation of THE place for cannoli, but not in my opinion. I'm a purist when it comes to cannoli, and Mike's IMO, caters to tourists' idea of cannoli, not the real thing. Hope this is helpful.

Shaw Kenawe said...

That should read "not fancy-pancy. Damn auto correct on smart phone!

Gordon said...

Apparently I'm not in Boston either. I'm in Medford, Somerville, Chelsea and Brighton. But perhaps next week I'll be in Boston. You did not specify which place had better beans. None of the Italian places in the Twin Cities serve beans, which perhaps relates to their authenticity.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Medford, Somerville, Chelsea are very close to Boston, within a few miles. Brighton is part of Boston, and pretty much known as a college town.

For beans, you'd have to go to traditional, tourist restaurants -- one I can recommend is The Union Oyster House, Union Street, right next to Quincy Market in Boston. I'm pretty sure they serve beans with some of their dishes. It's the oldest restaurant continuously in operation in the U.S. Opened in 1826, the year Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died. If you sit at the horseshoe-shaped raw bar, you can order oysters just like Daniel Webster did there, with a tumbler of brandy to wash them down, as he did. Also, I'm pretty sure Durgin Park has beans on their menu. That's in Quincy Market.

I bake my own beans in the fall and winter, because they're in the oven for 5 to 6 hours on low heat, so I've never had the need to go to a restaurant to get them.

The only beans you'll get in an Italian restaurant are the beans in pasta fagioli (pronounced "fa-gee-oh-lee") and otherwise known as pasta "fazool"!

Shaw Kenawe said...

BTW, I just read the link to the Union Oyster House. It's really hilarious that it doesn't get Boston's history correct: The Puritans didn't arrive in 1620 on Plymouth Rock. LOL! Those were the Pilgrims. The Puritans and Pilgrims are not interchangeable -- they were two different groups:

"While the Pilgrims were Separatists, the Puritans were non-separating Congregationalists -- they believed the Church of England was the one true church and they were loyal to England, but not in the way they worshipped. They believed that "New England" worship and practice would be an example for Old England and the world.

The Pilgrims were few in number. 102 sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower. About half died the first winter. The Puritans came by the thousands, indeed forty to fifty thousand eventually came. By 1776, 75% of the American population were of Puritan roots.

The Pilgrims came earlier in 1620, the Puritans came later in 1629-30.

The Puritans established Boston under John Winthrop, who hoped to build a "City on a Hill." The Puritans eventually combined with the Pilgrims.

Gordon said...

See, I was right about the beans, and about you. The traditional place serves them, and you bake your own. I am not easily fooled.

I think I ate at the Union joint about 40 years ago. Probably 40 years ago to the month, which was the last time I was in Boston, excepting passing through to and from the airport. Nowadays, I don't eat oysters, and can't drink brandy. It would have been a problem to get the brandy 40 years ago also.

Sadly, my gustatory experience has been pretty limited so far. I've been working so many hours that I've only had two local meals that weren't from a chain store.

There are more Dunkin Donuts within a half mile of my hotel than there are donut shops in the Twin Cities metro area. I kid thee not. One can buy donuts at convenience stores. But I had a DD today, and it was a lot better than the c-store ones we have.

Shaw Kenawe said...

I hope you're having a pleasant experience in Beantown. We do have food more interesting than Dunkin' Donuts. If you manage to get to the North End and Hanover Street, look for "Galleria Umberto". It has excellent Italian lunch food at very, very reasonable prices: pizza slices, calzone, arancini (rice balls stuffed with beef, peas, and cheese) panzarotti, (mashed potato with cheese fritters). I highly recommend it for filling but cheap eats.

Shaw Kenawe said...

I forgot to mention that Umberto's is open for lunch, 11:30 to 2:30.

Gordon said...

I might be able to get to Umberto's tomorrow. I have to drop off a colleague at the airport, then do some work in Chelsea. So I'll be nearby.

Is spaghetti sauce supposed to be somewhat thinner here? I ate at a nice little place in Medford last night while laundrying. Good, but the sauce was thinner than what I expected.

At home we eat the spag sauce I put up last fall. I think there's a couple of quarts left. I did make a batch with the first of this year's tomatoes and it was not too different from the stuff I made in September. You'd be proud of me; we hardly ever eat out anymore, and I'm a serious gardener now. I made some strawberry jam, and that stuff is damn good. Amazingly, there might be a jar of it in the luggage. The cats, they hide stuff, you know. One would think that the lack of thumbs would prevent them moving things like jam jars, but they are resourceful.

We could move this to email if you like. You have mine; check your supersecret insiders-only Lean In Approved account.

Gordon said...

Upon further review, I can indeed go for lunch on Saturday. Perhaps I'll get there before the big lines.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Damn! Of all the weeks to be out of town! I'll check my email. Damn!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Please go to shawkenawe(at) I cant find your email.