I was going to write about another hero of the First Amendment this week, maybe Ida B. Wells or Oliver Wendell Holmes. Then the president’s executive order on immigrants and refugees was issued, and before I could set fingers to keyboard, Sally Yates was fired for doing her job. At that point I thought about my friends flooding Facebook with kittens, to distract us from the Kafkaesque political situation. Maybe I’d just post a few of my favorite cookie recipes. (If nothing else, it would prevent me from losing my chocolate chocolate-chip cookie recipe again.) Think about something other than the fact that Trump’s administration seems to being trying to attempt a coup.
But no, that is what the current regime wants us to do. They want us to give up. They want outrage fatigue. So I’ll share the sweet, like my cookie recipes, and I’ll rant about the sour, like our president ignoring the U. S. Constitution. I’ll talk about food, and I’ll talk about fighting 21st century fascism.
Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips, M&Ms, etc.
Preheat oven to 350.
Beat butter, sugar, eggs, & vanilla.
Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, & salt in another bowl.
Slowly stir dry ingredients into butter mixture until well blended.
Mix in chocolate chips, M&Ms, chopped nuts, white chocolate chips, or whatever add-in you prefer.
Drop by rounded teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8-10 minutes.
Cool slightly on cookie sheets before transferring to cooling racks.
Who is Sally Yates and What Did She Do?
Sally Yates was the Acting Attorney General, until yesterday. She refused to have Department of Justice attorneys defend the executive order banning travelers from seven nations. President Trump fired her, using on of his favorite insults “weak.” He accused her of betraying the nation.
Ironically, when the Senate confirmed Ms. Yates for her position, Senator Jeff Sessions — Trump’s as-yet-unconfirmed nomination for Attorney General — asked her if she would say no to the president if he requested her to do something unconstitutional. She did so, and she was fired.
“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts. In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”
1 box of cake mix, any flavor
1/2 cup shortening
1 tbsp water
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Mix together with spoon.
Batter will be stiff.
Roll into balls.
(Optional) roll balls in sugar.
Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
Makes two dozen cookies.
What’s an Emolument, and is President Trump Accepting Any?
An emolument is “a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.” In this context, it refers to a politician accepting baksheesh from a foreign power, a private individual, or a company that wishes to influences him. Article I, Section 9 of the U. S. Constitution states “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” Some ethics experts claim that Donald Trump’s many investments and debts overseas create a conflict of interest.
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and a United Arab Emirates tourism agency both rent office space in Trump Tower in New York City. Many foreign diplomats stay at his hotel in Washington, DC, some admittedly hoping to curry favor with him by doing so. There is some doubt as to whether his lease of the Old Washington Post Office building is even legal, now that he is the president.
Sugar Cookies (My Mom’s Recipe)
- 1 cup margarine
- 1 cup margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 1/2 cups sifted flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- Cream margarine and sugar.
- Add eggs; beat well.
- Blend in dry ingredients & vanilla.
- Chill dough.
- Roll out dough 1/4 ” thick and cut on lightly floured surface.
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheet, 8-10 minutes at 400 F.
Kellyanne Conway Doesn’t Understand the First Amendment
Kellyanne Conway complained that journalists who said unkind things about the president hadn’t been fired for their horrible actions. She doesn’t seem to understand that a free press is guaranteed in the U. S. Constitution. Journalists reporting the news are required to be truthful, not kind.
Thomas Jefferson said, “The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.” Just in case Ms. Conway isn’t familiar with Mr. Jefferson, he was the third president of the United States of America.
My Son’s Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup butter (or margarine)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Beat sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl.
- Slowly stir in flour mixture.
- Chill 2 hours (or more).
- Roll out dough and cut out cookies.
- Dough should be ¼” thick.
- Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 F on an ungreased baking sheet.
How to Impeach the President
The president can only be impeached and removed from office for “Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Here’s a quick and easy explanation. Here’s a somewhat flip explanation. Basically, the House of Representatives votes on whether or not to impeach the president. The Senate then votes on whether or not to convict him. It’s a difficult process, especially when the majority of Congress belongs to the same party as the president. Are his current actions severe enough to warrant impeachment?