The Content Cluster Muster (07.08.21)

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Reformed Basics #11: The New Birth

Just When You Think It Can’t Get Any Lamer . . .

Your Kids Are Welcome Here

Still, Can’t Be Too Careful

HT: Mike Bull

Nothing Like an Open Road

And, as always, more here.

Jokes I Like to Tell

Back in the days when Chicago was still “out West,” and a lot of people were making their fortunes there, one of the natural results was that the nouveau riche crowd was rapidly expanding, and was also full of beans. They were true new arrivals—these freshly minted nouveau riche were not yet insecure about their position in society.

One time a woman who belonged to this class went back east to visit a distant relative in Boston, and through a series of circumstances (we are not quite sure how it happened), she got invited to a social event that involved the highest of Boston’s high society. And as far as appearances went, she fit right in. She was a stranger there, but that in itself was not unusual. She might have been from England for all anybody knew. But no, she was from Chicago.

And so the inevitable moment came when she was introduced to the hostess, a grand dame of the Boston Brahmins, and they had not exchanged three sentences before the hostess knew that she had a situation on her hands. This woman was a true outsider, and it was obviously time for her to be squelched.

“Here in Boston,” she sniffed, “we believe that breeding is everything.”

“Well, back in Chicago,” the other woman replied, “we think that breeding is a lot of fun. But we don’t think it is everything.”

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Reed Bates
Reed Bates
2 months ago

There are so many products that now boast that they are “gluten free”, I have to wonder what they do with it after they remove it. I am imagining great piles of the stuff in some remote field in Nebraska or something!

Jane
Jane
2 months ago
Reply to  Reed Bates

As far as I know, no gluten free products have gluten removed from any of their components. They’re just made from things that don’t contain gluten.

What’s a little silly is products that never have and never would have gluten in them loudly advertise that they’re gluten free. It makes sense to have the little GF designator symbol for the convenience of people who need to find gluten free products and need to be assured they were manufactured in a gluten free environment, but “gluten free” splashed in big letters on the potato chip bag is laughable.

Ellen
Ellen
2 months ago
Reply to  Reed Bates

Gluten is used in a lot of meat-free alternatives. Here’s Ann Reardon to tell you all about gluten: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_01RFp8Sbg

Reed Bates
Reed Bates
2 months ago

A joke I like to tell: Last summer, as I was shopping for groceries, I turned down the frozen food isle seeking a package of peas. Reaching the section where they are normally found, I was surprised to find the entire section empty. Then I noticed a small handmade sign that said; “No Justice, No Peas!”

demosthenes1d
demosthenes1d
2 months ago
Reply to  Reed Bates

Give peas a chance!

kyriosity
kyriosity
2 months ago
Reply to  demosthenes1d

If only we would commit our blenders to the effort, our generation could achieve whirled peas!

Jill Smith
Jill Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  kyriosity

No justice, no peas.