2022 Thanksgiving Dinner……

Last year, both my wife and me were sick over Thanksgiving with “severe upper respiratory infections” and did not eat Thanksgiving dinner until 3-4 days later.  I had purchased a 6 pound prime rib (usual local sale of $5.99 lb) and it was awesome !!

This year we were NOT sick and got to host the in-laws.  As much as there is far more work to host, I would much rather host than go to the in-laws.

I had $35.00 of loyalty coupons to use at the grocery store and I bought a 9.3 lb prime rib.  I definitely planned on having several days of leftovers.  Because of the coupons, my out of pocket for dinner was maybe $65.00.

There’s the meat beauty !!

I let the meat sit out four three hours to come up to room temperature.

I took its temperature and it was only 49 degrees. Because it was so large, I should have put it out an hour more.

Not very complicated.  Just some grey salt and fresh ground pepper.  I want my meat, meat flavored.

The directions said 12-15 minutes a pound for medium rare.  I based my cook time on 13 minutes a pound.

I took the temperature and I left it in for another 30 minutes.  That’s how it should look on the outside !


The internal temperature was  lower than it should have been and the area closest to the bones were slightly underdone (for others.  I’d eat that SOB tartare) so I cut that off and did not serve it.  I will use that for the leftovers.

Yes, I did let it rest 20 minutes.

I don’t make my world famous mashed potatoes very often anymore.

5 lbs of russets, 2 sticks of butter, black pepper, two cloves garlic and heavy cream as needed.

Mash by hand and finish with the hand blender.  Homemade mashed potatoes MUST have some lumps in them.  Not huge ones, but enough to make you know they were homemade.

The wife make an excellent cranberry nut bread that was great.

Dinner went very well.

It’s Sunday afternoon and I am down to the last of the mashed potatoes and will be eating the rib section of the prime rib today.

Don’t Be The Bloviator……….

We all know a “bloviator.”  The best example is Cliff Claven from “Cheers.”

They like to try to impress people with their great volume of knowledge and never miss a chance to do so, often quite verbosely and arrogantly.  When confronted with the bizarre concept of The Bloviator being wrong, they get louder and say even more silly nonfactual things.

Some time ago (this has been in the que to write up for too long!!)

What most of us already told them:

“Drs. at USC and UCLA say masking didn’t prevent transmission of the China Wuhan Virus.”

We can stop right there and say we already knew that.  How?  Because the day before the pandemic, it was the policy and guidelines of the CDC et al that masking did not stop the transmission of respiratory viruses and NOTHING has changed in the science since then.

But then enters The Bloviator:


He sites a study that he alleges PROVES that masking worked to slow/prevent/stop/hinder/obfuscate the spread of the China Wuhan Virus.

The irony is that he called people “Idiots” if they didn’t believe the study. (this will come next) and he makes the claim that without masking “operative infections would kill everyone”.


I state correctly that there is almost no difference in post operative infections and provide a study that shows that.

Now the irony is that there is an “idiot” that chimes in and states they don’t believe that study.

“A study done 30 years ago is not valid blah blah blah blah and why then do Drs. wear masks….”

So, below are a number of studies.  It could go on ad nauseum but there’s no need for that

Disposable surgical face masks for preventing surgical wound infection in clean surgery | Cochrane

Key results

Overall, we found very few studies and identified no new trials for this latest update. We analysed a total of 2106 participants from the three studies we found. All three studies showed that wearing a face mask during surgery neither increases nor decreases the number of wound infections occurring after surgery. We conclude that there is no clear evidence that wearing disposable face masks affects the likelihood of wound infections developing after surgery.

Quality of the evidence

The findings from this review cannot be generalised for several reasons: the studies included only looked at clean surgery, some of the studies did not specify what type of face mask was used and one of the studies did not involve many participants therefore making the findings less credible. The quality of the studies we found was low overall. The way in which participants were selected for the studies was not always completely random, which means the authors’ judgements could have influenced the results. More research in this field is needed before making further conclusions about the use of face masks in surgery.

So in this study, they didn’t like the quality of the evidence of the other studies that they reviewed, but they absolutely destroyed The Bloviator’s position that without masking in a surgery, EVRYONE WOULD DIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Postoperative wound infections and surgical face masks: a controlled study

It has never been shown that wearing surgical face masks decreases postoperative wound infections. On the contrary, a 50% decrease has been reported after omitting face masks. The present study was designed to reveal any 30% or greater difference in general surgery wound infection rates by using face masks or not. During 115 weeks, a total of 3,088 patients were included in the study. Weeks were denoted as “masked” or “unmasked” according to a random list. After 1,537 operations performed with face masks, 73 (4.7%) wound infections were recorded and, after 1,551 operations performed without face masks, 55 (3.5%) infections occurred. This difference was not statistically significant (p greater than 0.05) and the bacterial species cultured from the wound infections did not differ in any way, which would have supported the fact that the numerical difference was a statistically “missed” difference. These results indicated that the use of face masks might be reconsidered. Masks may be used to protect the operating team from drops of infected blood and from airborne infections, but have not been proven to protect the patient operated by a healthy operating team.

Oops !!!  Did you notice the part where they did NOT say that everyone died without a masked surgical team?

Want another one?

Use of Surgical Masks in the Operating Room: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

The use of surgical face masks by staff in the operating room is presumed to reduce the frequency of surgical site infections. The evidence identified and included in this report finds no evidence basis for this presumption. The consensus of the systematic reviews included in this report is that there is a paucity of data on this topic, and that current evidence is lacking for altering clinical practice. The included guidelines of this report are also in agreement that the long standing practice of wearing surgical face masks in the operating room should continue despite the lack of clinical efficacy evidence.

No evidence was identified that examined a potential role for surgical face masks in protecting staff from infectious material encountered in the operating room. In the absence of available clinical evidence the guidelines recommend wearing masks of a type suitable to the procedure being performed and in accordance with applicable health and safety regulations.

“The use of surgical face masks by staff in the operating room is presumed to reduce the frequency of surgical site infections. The evidence identified and included in this report finds no evidence basis for this presumption”

There it is again !!!!


Surgical attire
Members of the surgical team entering the OR when an operation is about to begin or already underway should wear a mask and headgear which fully covers hair, sideburns, and neckline. Experimental studies using tracer particles have shown that bacteria can be shed from hair, exposed skin, and mucous membranes of both OR personnel and the patient’s skin. This is why we use barriers (masks, gowns, hood, and drapes) in the OR. But besides sterile gloves and impervious surgical gowns, no clinical studies have proved that the use of these barriers has led to a decrease in SSI rates. They are nonetheless recommended not only for the purpose of reducing the shedding of microorganisms in the OR but also as part of standard precautions. Barriers are most important when the procedure implies the insertion of an implant/prosthesis.

“no clinical studies have proved that the use of these barriers has led to a decrease in SSI rates”

Is that enough?????

Oh, and as to why Drs. wear masks, stethoscopes, white lab coats……..

Because other studies show that it makes patients more comfortable.   Yes, literal theater.

Please, don’t be The Bloviator…….


Unmasking the surgeons: the evidence base behind the use of facemasks in surgery – Charlie Da Zhou, Pamela Sivathondan, Ashok Handa, 2015 (sagepub.com)

Unmasking the Surgical Mask: Does It Really Work? | MedPage Today

Is Routine Use of a Face Mask Necessary in the Operating Room? | Anesthesiology | American Society of Anesthesiologists (asahq.org)

If masks don’t work, then why do surgeons wear them? A Surgeon Explains – BSNEWS

Do we really need surgical masks and caps in the operating room? (chrismcculloh.com)

Disposable surgical face masks for preventing surgical wound infection in clean surgery – PubMed (nih.gov)



Question On Bulk Ammo Storage……..

Question about storing ammo.

I could save a crapload of space if I took all of ammo out of the original pacaging and dumped them loose in the cans.

Good, bad, indifferent?

I probably have a number of compulsions, and one of them is I like to reorganize, restack, repack stuff and if I did dump all of the ammo loose into the cans, ………

Don’t Fall For The Latest Scam……..

So the media, Democrats, GOPe, and the rest of the Democrat propaganda parrots are putting out that Trump is done and he was personally responsible for the 2022 midterms and they are promoting RINO Decepticon Ron DeSantis as their Flavor Of The Month.

Ron DeSantis is America’s best governor and we could use 49 more of him.


BUT !!!! He’s surrounding himself by not good people and getting financial support from people he will beholden to.

I guarantee you, that on the national level, DeSantis will break your heart on the serious issues and reforms.



President Trump Fires Back Against Ron DeSantis, Con Inc and Coordinated Narrative Midterm Effort

Great example:

As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ megadonor and Citadel hedge fund billionaire, Ken Griffin, openly admitted recently the Wall Street goals are (1) stop the populist movement and (2) get the Republican Party back in alignment with the multinational “corporate world.”  These are the same goals of the Republican leadership in Washington DC and the same goals as the corporate media who serve as the public relations firms for Wall Street.

@*&’N Liberals……..


I have to wait until I see what Republican’s turnout was, but for now I am mostly going to presume the Democrat’s stole more elections (it’s what they do).  Democrats are liars and cheaters, they prove that every day.

Are Democrats so braindead, devoid of reality and filled with hate that they deliberately voted for:

Higher taxes

Expensive energy

Expensive food

High inflation

Lower real wages

open borders

more crime

huge debt


Really?  This is what you guys ran on and people voted for it?

Either the eelctions were stolen or they are idiots.

No third choice.


Fail To Fire: Bad Primer……

Spectacular weather for the last weekend of October and I got  another range day in as it is my last day of vacation.

While using my Smith & Wesson 380 EZ, I had a “Fail to Fire”.  This was the only FTF this gun has ever had.

I ejected the round and saw that the primer looked funny.  I rechambered the round and and when I pulled the trigger, it went “PFFFFFTTTT” and a small puff of smoke and flame came out from the ejection port.

I had purchased some bulk ammo last year and this was part of that batch.  I inspected the rest of the ammo, and did not find anything unusual.

Democrats Vandalize Church………

Northwest suburban church moves forward, but seeks answers for hateful vandalism

A northwest suburban church is looking for answers after hate speech and symbols were spraypainted on church property.

Nativity Lutheran Church Pastor Susie Hill said the mixture of messages included racial slurs, a swastika, and more painted on the sign in front of the church and alongside the building itself.

“We as a congregation have gone through the questions of why? Who? Why us?” Hill said.

Photo: Christine Szamlewski Stanbery

Photo: Christine Szamlewski Stanbery

Sigh, you’d think that even Scooby Doo And Shaggy could figure this out by themselves.

“I Love GOP”

“Tax The Rich”


“Peace Sign”

“Nigger Love” (blurred out)


But I suspect that along with the “Pipe Bomber” from Jan 5-6, this too will be too obvious for anyone to solve…..