It's early days, but the future looks bleak. We are outnumbered, outgunned and surrounded. And our opponents' desire is to crush us so badly that we aren't even a memory. They may, if we give in to despair.

But we needn't do that!

Did King Leonidas despair when faced with an overwhelming Persian army? No. He sacrificed a small number of valiant men to do two things: delay the inevitable clash of his main army and the Persians' until a time and place of his choosing, and impress on the Persians an image of Greek soldiers as fearsome adversaries. And he won the war.

When the Battle of the Bulge hinged on the defense of the crossroads town of Bastogne, did General McAuliffe, surrounded and outnumbered 5 to 1, consider accepting the opportunity of an honorable surrender to General von Lüttwitz? Nuts to that! Instead, he made creative use of the forces at his disposal, he innovated on the fly. And he held Bastogne until reinforcements arrived.

We must learn from examples like these. We cannot defeat our adversaries by brute force, but there are already cracks in their charade of comity. We have to be creative, careful, nimble, patient and smart. We can't win by direct confrontation -- we have to out-think them. We have to use our brains.

And what food has a reputation as "Brain Food?" What can we use to feed our head? There's only one answer: Fish that swim, of course! (makes hand motion)

This is another dead simple recipe that packs a lot of flavor into a quick meal made with only a few ingredients. Today, we make:

Seared Salmon With Balsamic Glaze

Fish that USED TO swim. (makes hand motion)

Drinkage: One or two - ok, THREE! glasses of wine. It's a simple recipe, but you don't wanna overcook the fish (that swims (makes hand motion)).

Time: 5 minutes prep, 15(ish) minutes cooking: 20 minutes total

Difficulty: 2/10

Serves 4.


Ingredientses. Not many this week!

  • 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed plus
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
  • 4 salmon fillets, skin on (center cut)
  • Seasoning Salt or salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Measuring cup & spoons: skillet: metal or silicone spatula: baking dish large enough to comfortably fit the fillets, lined with foil


  • Place foil lined baking dish in oven. Preheat to 125 - 150 (f).
  • Pat salmon dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir together balsamic vinegar, water, lemon juice, and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  • Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat, not smoking. Increase heat to high, add salmon skin side up, and sear until well browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Turn fish over and sear until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  • Transfer salmon to baking dish and cover loosely with foil. Return to oven & turn it off.
  • Carefully add vinegar mixture to skillet (liquid will bubble vigorously and steam).
  • Simmer, stirring, until thickened and reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove salmon from oven, plate
  • Spoon glaze over salmon.
  • If desired, garnish with sliced lemon and parsley

Serve with another glass of wine. Enjoy the sweet, savory glaze and the smooth, flaky salmon, as you consider your opponents' strengths, and how to turn them into weaknesses.

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Arkansas Republican Senator and evil Pinocchio turned into a real live boy Tom Cotton appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" to discuss the attacks on oil tankers on the Gulf of Oman. And while the world is still trying to confirm IF Iran perpetrated the attacks due to conflicting accounts (the US says it was Iran with mines; the Japanese shipping operator says it was a “flying object"), that hasn't stopped GOP politicians like Cotton from trying to turn this into the justification they've been looking for, for great good glorious WAR.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You have long been defined as a hawk on Iran. You see these recent attacks, these are commercial vessels not military installations. What kind of response is warranted?

: Well Iran for 40 years has engaged in this kind of attacks going back to the 1980s. In fact Ronald Reagan had to reflag a lot of vessels going through the Persian Gulf and ultimately take military action against Iran in 1988. These unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike.

: Are you- you're comparing the tanker war in the '80s to now and saying that that's the kind of military response you want to see?

COTTON: We can make a military wreck- response in a time and in a manner of our choosing. But yes, unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The goddamn “Tanker Wars"?! Oh ... you mean when, during the Iraq-Iran War, we waited until Kuwait formally asked for our assistance to escort Saddam Hussein's oil? When Reagan, without approval from Congress, reflagged Kuwaiti vessels? When Reagan got us involved in the Iraq-Iran War leading to a daylong naval battle between Iran and the US, known as Operation Praying Mantis? The conflict we jumped into that led to our mistaking an Iran Air commercial jetliner for an Iranian F-14, shooting it down and killing all 290 people onboard, including 66 children? That's what you want to repeat, Tom Cotton?! Also, whatever happened to our ally, Saddam Hussein?

They say that those who don't learn from history repeat it. Tom Cotton is here to prove Republicans never learn. Watch the video below for yourself:

Cotton says "unprovoked attacks to oil profits" from Iran "warrant a retaliatory military strike"

While Tom Cotton was justifying a war with Iran on CBS, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was having a surprisingly harder time on “Fox News Sunday" than he did on CBS when he transparently insinuated what the Trump administration really cares about with Iran ( "Texas Tea").

Pompeo: Trump doesn't war with Iran but will "defend American OIL interests"

Seems Pompeo was upset that his “beating the drums of war" shtick was being interrupted to have to answer about Trump admitting (more like bragging) it was okay to take foreign assistance (and then walking it back when all the killjoys said it was illegal). After playing the ABC News clip, Chris Wallace asked a very pointed yet direct question. Pompeo's answer, however, was far from both:

WALLACE: Is accepting oppo research from a foreign government right or wrong?

POMPEO: Chris, you know you asked me not to call any of your questions today ridiculous ... You came really close right there. (awkward giggle) President Trump has been very clear. He ... he clarified his remarks later. He ... he made it very clear. Even in his first comment. He said "I'd do both." He said he'd call the FBI ...

WALLACE: He said "Maybe I'd do both."

POMPEO: President Trump has been very clear. That he will always make sure that he gets it right for the American people and I'm confident he'll do that here as well.

It was at this moment Pompeo thought he was golden because he's on Fox News and they never follow up! But clearly he forgot Chris Wallace doesn't play like that.

WALLACE: At the risk of getting your ire, the President told "Fox and Friends" on Friday, and I agree, he kind of walked it back...

POMPEO: He didn't walk it back.

: Yes, he did. Because he said "maybe" on Thursday. And then on Friday, on "Fox and Friends," he said "he'd listen first AND then if the information was bad that he would take it to the FBI or the Attorney General." But he also made it clear to George Stephanopolous that he did not see this as "foreign interference." And I want to play a clip of the President's own words ...

Then Wallace played ANOTHER clip of Trump's idiotic words back to Pompeo. Then he asks Pompeo one more time:

WALLACE: He says "it's not interference, it's information." The country, sir, and I don't need to tell you, has a long history dating back to George Washington in saying that foreign interference in our elections is unacceptable. POMPEO: Chris, President Trump believes that too. I have nothing further to add. I came on to talk about foreign policy and I think that's the third time you've asked me about a Washington ... piece of ... silliness. That's just, that's just a story that's inconsistent with what I've seen from President Trump do every single day.

After an awkward pause and visible anger in Pompeo's face (really, do watch), Chris Wallace calls it a day ... but remembers to remind Pompeo he's a thin-skinned baby:

WALLACE: I will leave it there. I think I only asked you twice but that's alright Mr. Secretary. Thank you. Thanks for your time and Happy Father's Day, sir.

Watch the video below for yourself.

And that's all for this week in Trump's collusion and "wag the dog"/Saudi oil interest war chants. So let's end with a couple of pictures of my new puppy, Harley Quinn!

Might as well have one last nice thing before our next war or stolen election. Have a week!

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