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Peanut butter? No thanks. I prefer cookie butter.

Peanut butter is popular in the United States. It is everywhere. Plastic tubs of the stuff. For most American kids PB&J, peanut butter and jelly, sandwiches are a staple of childhood.

I, however, did not like it, and my parents, thankfully, somehow avoided the PB&J stereotype. We ate other stuff instead.

One such staple in our family for years was dry milk, which I think is disgusting. These days I only use dry milk for cooking and baking.

My hatred of peanut butter has waned. I will eat a PB&J sandwich occasionally and spread peanut butter on celery. But other than that I don’t eat much of it.

A few weeks back I found a tub of cookie butter mixed in with a horde of peanut butter. These tubs were the same size, shape, and with red lids, so it was understandable to have a mix up.

This particular cookie butter, brand name Lotus and made from Biscoff cookies, is from Belgium. And it is tasty.

ajh

There’s a lot about China that’s fake

I don’t like it here.” — a resident of Tianducheng, a city in China made to look like Paris

The place is “a little strange,” she says. I wonder if she’s been arrested yet.

There’s so much graft and corruption and greed in China. There was the melamin in pet food. There was junk in baby formula.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some are dumping their industrial waste into products they export to America. I remember from years back the toxic smell leaching from the black plastic cases of the cheap DVDs at the dollar store.

Because of these problems and lax enforcement of food safety and other regulations, I fully support ending free trade with China. It’s past time to begin placing tariffs on certain imports and banning others altogether.

ajh

Sadly, I don’t think this pledge idea is going anywhere.

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Unfortunately, I think this young man is fighting a very uphill battle.

Rather than join him in his campaign, wacko college students are pushing hard in the other direction. Because the flag and the pledge represent what’s wrong with the world — structural racism, imperial militarism, unrestrained capitalism and so on — such symbols must be eradicated. The flag itself is a micro-aggression. The pledge is too.

Sadly, I think the nation has “jumped the shark.” The declines can be tracked many ways. The cultural rot has been spreading. The crassness of the Republican primary is just one indicator. I had hopes for Donald Trump, that he’d clean it up and realize he needed to be a unifying force, as he claims to be.

Dennis Miller saw it coming. He said it many times on his now-defunct radio show. The country has flipped, he said. And he predicted Hillary would be the next president. It looks like Miller was right, more and more, with every passing day.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t soldier on. Fighting the good fight is what life is about. I wish him luck.

ajh

To My American Muslim Immigrant Friends

RECENTLY THERE WAS A FORUM in Bellevue, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, for Muslims organized by the city government with the mayor in attendance. It was the typical multicultural, diversity pile of crap.

To My American
Muslim Immigrant Friends:

Please stop whining. Please stop complaining. Please remember that no one forced you to come here.

Respectfully,

Aaron

“It’s very distressing, because Islam is a very peaceful religion, and in the Quran, to take one life is as if you’ve killed the whole population. Then, you see what you see on TV and it’s just horrible.”

Yeah, being blown apart by a terrorist is a bit distressing, too, I’m sure.

I am so sick and tired of whining whiners complaining about how fearful they are. It’s so off putting.

You live in America. We have accepted you. Worship as you like. Believe as you like.

Unlike most of the Muslim world, we have freedom, and we cherish it. Threats to our way of life, primarily coming from those who claim to followers of Mohammed, are serious business.

“Approximately 35 percent of attendees reported feeling anxiety about their personal safety.”

Are Christians targeting Muslims with nail bombs in backpacks? Are citizens routinely assaulting Muslims? Are the mosques being repeatedly vandalized? No, no, and no.

Are innocents worldwide continually being murdered by Islamic radicals? Yes.

When is the last time the local imam vociferously denounced violence in a sermon? Have you read about local Muslims vocally calling out the terrorists? It’s rare.

If Islam is such a peaceful religion, then why is it so difficult to find examples?

“I feel that whenever something happens around the world, not even specifically in the United States, I am expected to give an explanation. When I go to school, when I go on play dates with my children, people do expect me to explain things that I have had nothing to do with. I think that has trickled into Seattle.”

Guess what? If you are a Muslim, then you are “a representation of Islam as a whole,” whether you want to accept that role or not. It’s the same for practicing Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs — anyone who claims to be a member of group — whether it’s a religion or not.

I admire many facets of Muslim life, including the rejection of consumerism and materialism. Family life is another. There are many admirable qualities to Islam and its adherents.

“I want them to grow up in an environment where they do not feel like outsiders. They are American, I want them to know that they can be proud Muslims and proud Americans at the same time.”

I have no problems with Muslims who have adopted our way of life. It’s those clinging to the barbarism of the past who are the problem. For those who refuse to become American, go home. Assimilate or leave!

Now, I’m just sitting here waiting for the hate mail where folks call me a bigot and demand I check my white privilege at the door.

ajh

NOTE
I submitted a parred down version of this as a Letter to the Editor of the Bellevue Reporter in response to the article.

“I bore it rather well . . . ” Bathing in 18th century America

dreadful&smellyI’VE BEEN READING
a kids’ book about how dirty and messy life was during colonial times in America. One of the tidbits I came away with is this quote from a woman.

“I bore it rather well, not having been wet all over for 28 years.” — an American colonist, a woman, after finally succumbing to a bath

Hygiene as we know it is a modern invention.

ajh