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This tiny green strawberry

Found in a punnet of strawberries. Uncle B was excited to find them this early in the year, but they were…not very good.

I don’t know about you guys, but I think I’ve heard from every seated Republican politician in the last couple of weeks, including several from Ted Cruz and one from Lindsey Fucking Graham.

Why now? And why me? I think I maybe gave ten bucks to Sarah Palin a thousand years ago, and haven’t heard much since. How did they all bust out the same mailing list allofa sudden?

Who writes their begging letters? They’re just awful. I’m sure they must hire people who know how to get results, but at what cost.

Lindsey called me Friend (capital F) and patriot and asked me to pray for our country. Oh, and money. He definitely asked for money.

I feel soiled.


Comment from Nazdar
Time: April 26, 2023, 7:57 pm

Lindsey Graham should find a new grift – though I can’t imagine it would be as lucrative as the US Senate. Did anyone tag Harry Belafonte on the Dead Pool?

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: April 26, 2023, 8:24 pm


Apropos to our OS discussion yesterday, UK regulators have said MSft cannot acquire Activision. Apparently, the antitrust watchdog disbelieved MSft claims that they would play fair in the games market.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 26, 2023, 8:31 pm

The Uni Party Right wing can stuff it. Patriot friendly liars.

Like hearing the Washington Generals claim they would win against the Globetrotters if we’d buy them a nicer bus.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 26, 2023, 8:44 pm

Too late for strawberry season down here in Florida. Plant City holds their strawberry festival in late February/early March.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 27, 2023, 1:54 am

@markmatis is correct…sadly, strawberry season is over for those of us in the sunny free state of Desantis. I went to the strawberry festival this year…think 4H meet carnival. But it was a good time with good friends.

As to the Republican whores…many years ago I received 10 solicitations a day for Republicans after donating to a local Republican candidate. That was the days after Newt when the republicans were seeing who could be the biggest asshole to their constituents which led to the “not one red cent” campaign. I dutifully scrawled “not one red cent” in red sharpie on every mailer and gleefully used the postage paid envelope to mail their shit right back to them. It took about 2 years before I no longer got any solicitations ….and my life is better for that.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: April 27, 2023, 8:21 am

I get emails from those assholes all the time. Ted Cruz. Trump. Ugh. I also get email from Democrats, because some bonehead has an email close to mine and keeps dropping the numbers on the end when handing it out. So I used to get emails from Nancy Pelosi. Oh joy.

But I keep thinking to myself “It over in November”. And then I realize – NOT this November, but the following November. We have NINETEEN more months of this bullshite. Ugh.

I’m sober now for 8 months. I don’t know if I’ll make it to 2 years.

Strawberries – I don’t think it’s the season here now. It’s the dry season, no rain and really hot. The rain starts again in June, but so do typhoons. I think the local strawberries come from the Baguio area, which is mountainous and cooler. They aren’t very good, though. And imported berries are very expensive.

Comment from Quetzlovercoatl
Time: April 27, 2023, 8:21 am

Ah…strawberries. My favourite fruit and the ones sold here on the Emerald Isle have been woeful for several years now. Not sure what the problem is, they’re either picked before being ripe (WHY?) or they look ripe and taste like cardboard. I’m hoping, against hope based on experience, that this year will be better.

I’ve never donated to a politician because I’ve never had the money to buy one outright (Remember kids, politicians are for life, not just tax and budget seasons!) and the rentals aren’t great. I did get pestered for a while after subscribing to the Daily Wire for a year but filtering them all into /dev/null resolved that problem.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 27, 2023, 9:12 am

I could bore for Britain about strawberries (fruit in general, come to that) but the problems are almost always the same. The varieties are bred to travel well without spoiling, to look bright and uniformly sized on supermarket shelves and taste is left struggling a long way behind, unloved and unrecognised.

To make things worse, they are grown badly, in any case. Forced in hot polytunnels, which doesn’t suit the ancestral genes of the strawberry (raspberries, even less – they like a cool climate).

Our problem in the UK is that our mass market out of season fruit is grown in Spain and is uniformly atrocious. Generations have grown up not having a clue what proper fruit tastes like but they go on buying it because they want strawberries in November and February and can’t tell the difference.

As for this batch? I should have known better. It seems that despite energy costs, some British grower has been using heated tunnels to force his crop and get them on the shelves really early. They tasted of absolutely nothing.

I imagine the same commercial pressures apply in the colonies too.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 27, 2023, 11:59 am

Wild strawberries, and raspberries, picked (and usually instantly consumed) by the side of a dirt road in Maine with the dust from the road still on them, tasted better than a lot of the good looking fruit we get at the stores.

It’s like the good looking flavorless tomatoes in the grocery stores. And some of the oranges, and mealy apples.

We get wild dewberries and blackberries on the East Texas land that have nice flavor but I can’t keep the raspberries alive long enough to get any fruit off them dammit!

Comment from steve
Time: April 28, 2023, 2:07 pm

Florida is a topsey Turvey place when it comes to fruits and veggies.

One plants ones garden in September and enjoys through February or so.

The sun murders everything in summer.

Strawberries are vastly huge, sweet and plentiful in February. They burst into all their glory from Plant City, just a ways up the road.

I neither know nor care how well they travel to farther destinations. They positively ring the bell in my neck of the woods, in season.

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