Monday, January 30, 2017

México Linda

I love México! It is a beautiful country with warm, friendly people and great food. I visit every chance I get and if some idiot ever builds a wall I will likely move to México since the south side will be more civilized.

Speaking of México, my bride and I just returned from a trip to that country. Actually, she went on a sea cruise while I considered the ship only as a mode of transportation. I have never been a fan of cruises and this trip aboard the Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas reminded me why: service sucked, the food was just a little better than starvation, and the ship constantly nickle and dimed the passengers to the point of irritation.

With more and more cruise ships cramming the ports-of-call a shore excursion becomes a nightmare with a swarm of several thousand people that you probably went on vacation to get away from. The activities are jammed, there are long lines of people that you probably went on vacation to get away from. Several times on this cruise I considered jumping ship, twice in port and a time or two by slipping on a life jacket and attempting to swim a dozen miles to any nearby shore.

Finally, after a "fun day at sea", we arrived at out first port, Costa Maya. We were supposed to anchor off the coast of Grand Cayman and tender in to Georgetown, but the seas were too rough to attempt tendering even from the back side of the island. We have been to Georgetown four or five times so we weren't upset about the change. Beside which, if you have been to Georgetown, then you have been to Georgetown.

Costa Maya is located on a peninsula along Mexico's Caribbean coast, about 100 miles south of Playa del Carmen, that was created from scratch expressly for cruisers. Developers created the port terminal/faux village complex not far from the Belize border solely to woo cruise lines, and everything has been created with gringo passengers in mind. This village is the thing you find at the terminal end of the dock from one end of the Yucatan to the other.

Once we reached this so-called village, my bride and I seriously considered turning around and heading back to the ship's bar and taking full advantage of our adult beverage package. We were stopped in our tracks by the Fish Spa, with foot eating fish. There was no way we could pass up the opportunity to have fish gnawing on our feet.

I could feel these little piranhas tickling my toes and I was grateful to still have feet to put my shoes and socks back on. The real take-away for me was having the cleanest feet I have ever had in my life. That little senorita gave my tootsies a great cleaning.

We finally got past the shops and hawkers and found ourselves next to a taxi stand where three bucks a person would get us away from the masses.

We booked passage in a yellow cab (they are everywhere) and drove off to the nearby village (a real one) of Mahahual. This sleepy fishing village reminded us of Playa del Carmen the way it used to be some thirty years ago before the corporations and big money came in and turned much of the Yucatan coast into a replica of St. Petersburg Beach.

Even with cruise ships in port we had the beach mostly to ourselves and we plopped down at a table with an umbrella and requested dos cervezas, por favor. We could see one of the cruise ships in the distance and were glad to be this far away.

With ice cold beer and a big pile of tasty Yucatecan dishes in front of us we settled back to enjoy the peace and serenity of this piece of paradise.

There was even live entertainment and for a single U.S. dollar we were regaled with song.

After food and beer, my bride and I wandered along the malecon that seriously looked like the Playa of old.

All too soon our idyllic visit to Mahahual came to an end and we headed back to the ship of the old, fat, and infirm. I am not trying to be insensitive here (we are 72 and 64), but hot damn, this was not a party cruise. I am reminded of the old description of St. Petersburg, "The city of the newly wed and nearly dead."

The next port-of-call was a favorite of ours, Cozumel and the town of San Miguel. We had hoped to visit an old haunt of ours, the Habana Club, for Cuban cigars, mojitos, and some Yucatecan delicacies. Alas, the original had closed and the new incarnation was but a whisper of the original. We walked on ... until we came upon La Casa Del Habano Cozumel on Avenida Lic Benito Juárez 1, Centro. 

Now this is why I came on this cruise: real Cuban cigars, mojitos, margaritas, and the casa has a live tank of Baja oysters and chocolate clams. Those oysters on the half shell were divine and I was close to orgasm with those raw, on the half shell clams. I'd go back just for the oysters and clams, and the service provided by Daniel was perfect.

Back aboard ship we settled in for the last "fun day at sea" and more crappy food. The beef carpaccio, as a for instance, consisted of a thin slice of over-done roast beef. How can I forget one of the last day fun activities was Napkin Folding. Be still my thumping gizzard!

One more last thought: Disembarking was easier than I expected ... until Customs. For well over a thousand passengers there were only ... I say again ... only two agents. The lines were long and slow. I still think my earlier thought to jump ship with my Baby was the best idea. We should have stayed in San Miguel.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Trump Realm Or The Fourth Reich

To all of my thinking fellow Americans, in light of current events in our country it would behoove us to read the following article. Reich Fuehrer Trump appears to be following the Hitler playbook on how to destroy this country and take away our freedoms. I have taken the liberty to highlight several policies that seem to parrot Trump's executive actions. Feel free to substitute Trump, Muslims, alternate truth, and alternative facts where appropriate. (Reich (/ˈraɪk/; is a German word literally meaning "realm")

THIRD REICH: AN OVERVIEW ~ from the Holocaust Encyclopedia

The Nazi rise to power brought an end to the Weimar Republic, a parliamentary democracy established in Germany after World War I. Following the appointment of Adolf Hitler as chancellor on January 30, 1933, the Nazi state (also referred to as the Third Reich) quickly became a regime in which Germans enjoyed no guaranteed basic rights. After a suspicious fire in the Reichstag (the German Parliament), on February 28, 1933, the government issued a decree which suspended constitutional civil rights and created a state of emergency in which official decrees could be enacted without parliamentary confirmation.

In the first months of Hitler's chancellorship, the Nazis instituted a policy of "coordination"—the alignment of individuals and institutions with Nazi goals. Culture, the economy, education, and law all came under Nazi control. The Nazi regime also attempted to "coordinate" the German churches and, although not entirely successful, won support from a majority of Catholic and Protestant clergymen.

Extensive propaganda was used to spread the regime's goals and ideals. Upon the death of German president Paul von Hindenburg in August 1934, Hitler assumed the powers of the presidency. The army swore an oath of personal loyalty to him. Hitler's dictatorship rested on his position as Reich President (head of state), Reich Chancellor (head of government), and Fuehrer (head of the Nazi party). According to the "Fuehrer principle," Hitler stood outside the legal state and determined matters of policy himself.

Hitler had the final say in both domestic legislation and German foreign policy. Nazi foreign policy was guided by the racist belief that Germany was biologically destined to expand eastward by military force and that an enlarged, racially superior German population should establish permanent rule in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Here, women played a vital role. The Third Reich's aggressive population policy encouraged "racially pure" women to bear as many "Aryan" children as possible.

Within this framework, "racially inferior" peoples, such as Jews and Gypsies, would be eliminated from the region. Nazi foreign policy aimed from the beginning to wage a war of annihilation against the Soviet Union, and the peacetime years of the Nazi regime were spent preparing the German people for war. In the context of this ideological war, the Nazis planned and implemented the Holocaust, the mass murder of the Jews, who were considered the primary "racial" enemy.

Open criticism of the regime was suppressed by the Gestapo (secret state police) and the Security Service (SD) of the Nazi party, but Hitler's government was popular with most Germans. There was, however, some German opposition to the Nazi state, ranging from nonconformity to the attempt to kill Hitler on July 20, 1944.

Monday, January 23, 2017

I Am A People And I Care

TRUMP release your tax returns!

Trump is a liar, a black liar and he is hiding something.

Black lies are about simple and callous selfishness. We tell black lies when others gain nothing and the sole purpose is either to get ourselves out of trouble (reducing harm against ourselves) or to gain something we desire (increasing benefits for ourselves).

The worst black lies are very harmful for others. Perhaps the very worst gain us a little yet harm others a great deal.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

We Are Seeds And We Are Sprouting

I just heard a truly inspirational quote that sums up the protest marches across this country and around the world. Trump and the Republican Congress need to pay heed:

“They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.” ― Dinos Christianopoulos

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Now I Am Truly Amused

Trending on Facebook is Nancy Sinatra's response to the possibility that her dad's song My Way would be performed for Trump's first dance with his wife Melania at the inauguration ball. While Ms. Sinatra stated that she didn't think her dad would have supported Trump or performed at his inauguration she did remind us of the song's first line: "And now the end is near."

That line seems fitting considering the concern over how a Trump presidency will unfold and also given Sinatra's previous comments, that "DT [Donald Trump] has very bad judgment. It's going to be a rough ride". Personally, I can only hope the end is near for a Trump presidency and not the world as we know it.

In scrolling down to the comments section of that post a contributor suggested that if the song is played for the Trumps it should be the version by the Sex Pistols and not Frank Sinatra. Curiosity grabbed a hold of me and I Googled the Sex Pistols lyrics. I have to agree that this would be more appropriate for Trump. See what you think.

My Way
And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain (Ha ha ha!)
You cunt, I'm not a queer
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
[On] each and every highway
And much, much more than this
I did it my way
Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
But I did .. what I had to do
I'll see it through without devotion
I planned, each chartered course
[By] careful thought along the highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
There were times, I'm sure you knew
When there was fuck, fuck fuck else to do
But through it all, when there was doubt
I shot it up, or kicked it out
I faced the wall .. and .. the wall
And did it my way
I've loved in bed last night
I've had my fill, my share of looting
And now, the tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think, I killed a cat
And may I say .. not in [that] way
"But no, no, not me"
"I did it my way"
For what is a brat, what has he got
When he wears hats [and] he cannot
Say the things he truly thinks
But only the words, not what he feels
The record shows, I've got no clothes
And did it my way
Written by Claude Francois, Marcelo Drumond Nova, Jacques Revaux, Gilles Thibaut • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sieg Heil, An Inaugural Invitee

Treacherous Trump’s National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, met with the leader of Austria’s “Freedom Party” Heinz-Christian Strache back in December. The Freedom party has a long history of being aligned with Nazis. The Trump team wanted to keep the meeting quiet, but Strache was so proud of the meeting which took place at Trump Tower in Manhattan that he posted all about it on Facebook.

Now to add a dab of frosting to this tainted Trump cake Strache received an official invitation to Trump’s inauguration. He confirmed this via a Facebook post (click See More for a translation):

Apparently Strache was invited by none other than Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who is surely one of the worst Congressmen to ever sit in the House of Representatives. I have to ask "Why?" This gut-wrenching behavior should make any American with a semblance of patriotism sick, or maybe  we should embrace der neue Trumpf Amerika before "they" come to take us away.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

City Chicken At The Beach

I watched a Travel Channel segment the other day that featured a Detroit delicacy called City Chicken. What really piqued my interest was the fact that there was no chicken involved. This was primarily a pork recipe.

It was revealed that ages ago chicken was too expensive for most households so they had to make do with cheaper meats like pork and veal. To ease the pain of no chicken on the dinner table, Ma in the kitchen fashioned pork on skewers to resemble chicken and City Chicken was born and still thrives today.

Since I had no desire to brave Detroit's winter I decided to see what I could do down here on the Gulf Coast.

                          Damn Good City Chicken

Serving Size  : 4     Preparation Time :1:00

  1 1/2         pounds  pork shoulder -- trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  4               wooden skewers -- about 6 inches long
  1               teaspoon  salt
  1/2            teaspoon  black pepper
  3               each  eggs
  3               tablespoons  milk
  2               cups  Italian bread crumbs
  1               cup  water

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.

Tightly thread 4 or 5 cubes of pork onto each skewer. Sprinkle each skewer on all sides with salt and black pepper, and set the skewers aside.

Whisk eggs and milk together in a bowl. Place the seasoned bread crumbs in another bowl.

Dip each skewer of pork into the egg mixture, then dip in crumbs; dip the skewers a second time into egg mixture and then crumbs.

Add the skewers to the deep fryer, and brown until the coating is crisp and golden, about 3 minutes.

Set the fried skewers aside.

Pour 1 cup of water into a baking dish with a wire rack set in the dish.

Place the skewers on the wire rack in the baking dish. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.

Carefully place the baking dish into the preheated oven, and bake until hot and no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes.

Remove the foil, and bake 10 minutes more to dry out the crumb coating.

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Serve the mock chicken with a side of coarse ground Dijon mustard and gnaw it off the stick.

If you don't have a deep fryer, use a cast iron skillet with about a 1/2 inch of oil and cook each side for about three minutes.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Our Plan To Survive TreacherousTrump

The unimaginable is about to happen. The United States of America is getting ready to hand the keys to the oval office and this country's nuclear arms to a deranged man-child. There is no way we will ever support this piece of moral decay that will be running this county ... probably, into the ground. We will never give him the satisfaction of referring to him as President.

We have decided that there is little we can do to right the wrong perpetrated by the gullible and downright stupid people in this country until the mid-terms. Hopefully by then there will be a great awakening among the duped who will vote the Republican obstructionists out of office.

In the meantime our plan is to keep righteous and hopeful thoughts that Treacherous Trump and his bought-and-paid-for cabinet do not destroy the economy that President Obama has worked so hard pulling out of the mire created by the last Republican president and administration, and that we don't get annihilated in a Treacherous Trump provoked nuclear war.

To end on a brighter note: If North Korea, China, or Russia bomb us into oblivion we won't have to worry about the economy ... or health care, Medicare, or Social Security.

Happy thoughts and buen provecho, y'all!

Note: The opinions and thoughts expressed here are solely those of the editor and staff of the Piglet Parade.