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Last year I understood Melania Trump’s White House decorations. This year she has replaced the birches with blood-red cones, as a matter of fact, she has splashed red just about everywhere, with gold taking second place. It is something from Transylvania [in the Middle Ages], not Slovenia or the US. It is reminiscent of a bronze age battlefield.

Take a look at this CNN video:

CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked the Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection Kevin McAleenan about the tear gas used against migrants at the US-Mexico border, after President Trump claimed border agents used a “minor form” of tear gas.

CS “gas” is an aerosol, not a gas. The active ingredient is 1% 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile [C10H5 ClN2] which is a crystal that clings to mucous membranes causing the burning, tearing eyes and difficulty breathing. You need to wash off the crystals with cold water, and wash your hair and clothes, also with cold water. Heat will release the crystals and effectively “gas” you again.

Commissioner McAleenan calls CS a “less lethal” form of force, rather than a nonlethal form. He is acknowledging that small children and people with respiratory problem can be injured or killed by the aerosol, as is noted in the manufacturer’s instructions for the product.


1 hipparchia { 11.29.18 at 6:19 pm }

I have to admit, along with kind of liking the red trees (yes, I liked last year’s trees a lot better than the red ones, but still…), I also pictured melania walking among them in her I don’t care, do u? jacket (which may be why I kind of liked these). 😈

2 Bryan { 11.29.18 at 10:00 pm }

I know that Slavs like red, as a matter of fact the root word for red and beautiful is the same. Gluing cranberries to cones is a step beyond the pale – it’s creepy.

3 hipparchia { 11.30.18 at 7:54 pm }

turkey isn’t bad, not my favorite but still tasty, but cranberry sauce is evil. I would help glue all the cranberries in all the bogs in all the world to as many cones as it takes.

then I’d happily set them all outside for the birds to feast on.

4 Bryan { 11.30.18 at 9:48 pm }

My Mother made it a requirement. Applesauce with pork, mint jelly with lamb, and cranberry sauce with turkey. I prefer mayonnaise with bread with turkey. You make get your wish on the cranberries as the climate change and rising sea levels may take out the major cranberry bogs.

5 hipparchia { 12.03.18 at 8:08 pm }

well, cranberry sauce is evil (though cranberries themselves probably aren’t) but global warming is eviler, so I’m confining my wishes to “please don’t put that on my plate or i’ll have to stab you with my fork.”

6 Bryan { 12.04.18 at 7:32 pm }

Well, you said “please” so you’re in the clear 😈

7 hipparchia { 12.04.18 at 8:28 pm }