Jan 292016

It should be clear by now that no one is going to lay a glove on Donald Trump (in any sort of conventionally politically damaging way, anyway). All of his dirty laundry has hung in plain sight for decades. Anything his opponents might paint as a weakness (if he’s “scared” of Megyn Kelly, how will he stand up to Putin or the Iranian mullahs?) gets recast, and validated, as a shrewd and calculated move.

The only way to hurt Trump is something no one will do:

Stop talking about him.

Have a good weekend, dudes and dolls.

 Posted by at 6:32 pm
Jan 282016
  • Today is the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Couldn’t believe it. Remembering our lost seven heroes today, and praying for those they left behind.
  • Make sure you check out my review of Old Black Bear Brewing Company at Rocket City Mom. Looking forward to going back.
  • The DeLorean is back! Expected production is one per week, beginning in early 2017, at a price of “under $100K.” With only 300 expected, that sounds like a lot of money left on the table to me. Here’s hoping the 2017 model has more engine than the original did.
  • When it comes to personal electronics, I generally stay away from Chinese brands no one’s ever heard of, but I may make an exception in this case. A company called Chuwi says it’s about to release a 12″ Windows 10 tablet with 2160 x 1440 resolution, 4GB RAM, ports galore, and a magnetic docking keyboard for $299. I’ll be reading the eventual Windows Central review with considerable interest.
  • The Seinfeld finale first aired almost 18 years ago.
  • Football’s nearly gone, and IndyCar doesn’t start until March 13, so I’m scrambling a bit. Rolex 24 at Daytona starts Saturday. That’s not great spectator racing, but it’s something.
  • I’m working on a bit more structure for my posting patterns. My frequency has fallen off, and I’d really like to publish no fewer than four posts per week. Stay tuned, and thank you for reading BoWilliams.com.
 Posted by at 12:43 pm
Jan 252016

Donald Trump is a boorish, vulgar, narcissistic self-parody, for whom simple civilized and polite discourse is an apparently impossible task.

Oh, and you better get used to him, because he’s going to be the 45th President of the United States.

The Republican establishment’s primary response to Trump’s candidacy has been to try to run out the clock. Oh, Trump’s out there saying ridiculous things and acting foolish, because that’s what he does, sniffed the GOP leadership. He’ll get bored. Or the voters will come around. Or both.

Despite the fact that this strategy has been an obvious failure for several months, I didn’t consider Trump a legitimate threat to win until this past weekend.

When National Review published its latest anti-Trump editorial late last week, I mostly yawned. There are few fans of The Donald among the National Review writer ranks, and their output has consistently reflected that. (It’s occasionally very funny, too.)

What happened next, however, was yuuuuuge. Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly slapped National Review across the face for it:

“Trump is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers. Because everybody else will fall in line. The Kingmakers have so much money behind them. I think that we need to respect the will of the majority. Republicans ought to be a grassroots party. And the grassroots certainly agree with Donald Trump on most issues, but certainly on the immigration issue… I certainly think he represents everything the grassroots want.” – Phyllis Schlafly

Certainly, a lot of circumstances have coalesced put the United States here. I think two terms of a sitting president who drips with contempt for the country he ostensibly leads is a significant factor. I think two terms of fawning, obsequious “journalists” who lick his boots is another. Love of country is an important trait that Americans want in their president, and Trump has been extremely effective in tapping into eight years of resentment stemming from its absence.

However we’re here, we’re here. If you’re inclined to vote Republican and you haven’t started making room in your world view for President Trump, it’s time.

What’s that old saying about not standing on the tracks when the train comes through?

 Posted by at 11:47 am
Jan 232016

aldisalsa1A logical eventuality of our increased time and money spent with Aldi is that Lea would come home with a new house-brand organic salsa to review. Simply Nature Organic Thick & Chunky Hot Salsa is the latest up in this long-running review series.

So what do we have? Ingredients (“organic” precedes everything on the label except water and sea salt): Diced tomatoes, water, crushed tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, evaporated cane sugar, distilled vinegar, sea salt, garlic, chipotle powder, cilantro, black pepper, cumin, and jalapeno powder.

There are a couple of warning flags here. Water is high on the list, and I’ve noticed sugar creeping into more and more salsas. I prefer that a salsa’s tomatoes, and to a lesser extent onions and peppers, be sweet enough on their own. Plus, it’s a needless infusion of calories.


Despite the concern about high water content, the salsa is appealingly thick and an attractive color, with herb and vegetable chunks readily apparent.


The salsa clings effectively to a chip, and delivers a near-immediate shot of smoky heat upon hitting your tongue. It’s a pleasant chipotle flavor that, despite the quick ramp-up, tops out quickly. This shouldn’t be too hot for any but the mildest palates.

Neither the water nor the sugar ended up being a concern. The balance of tomato, onion, pepper, and spice is good, with the only real dominance being the short-lived chipotle punch. This is a fine-tasting salsa that should have broad appeal at a party, with that slight caveat for people with no heat tolerance at all. I do wonder just how much the sugar is actually doing for the flavor, and whether it’s worth the additional calories.

Still, no worries with this product’s quality. If you’re looking for a good mainstream hot salsa, this fits the bill.


 Posted by at 2:06 pm
Jan 212016
  • Glenn Frey’s death at 67 continues an unusually brutal early 2016 when it comes to celebrities passing away. I’m sorry he’s gone, but it’s of limited personal impact. I’m pretty much permanently burned out on The Eagles’ music, and I believe the sociocultural significance (beyond that of a very successful rock band) some seem so desperate to assign them is overblown. Frey’s solo music for Miami Vice is the more direct connection to my mosaic, and even that is minor.
  • We’re now spending more money at Aldi than at Publix. Nearly universally, things are considerably less expensive. In terms of quality, more than half of the products we’ve tried are indistinguishable from national name brands, and nearly all of the rest are almost as good for half the price (or a little more). We’ve only tried a couple of things we won’t get again.
  • In other Madison-area grocery store happenings, it seems we’re getting a Fresh Market in the old Star Market location on 72.
  • It’s a lot harder to peel a hard-boiled egg while you’re driving than you think.
  • Now pulling for the Broncos, and then the Cardinals. If Super Bowl 50 is Patriots vs. Panthers, I may not even bother with it. It’s a real shame the Packers tainted those miracle passes by losing nearly immediately in overtime.
  • I have a restaurant review, a grocery item review, and a consumer goods review all coming out very shortly. Watch for them.
  • Supposed weather uncertainty tomorrow night as I type. Smells like another whiff to me.
 Posted by at 11:17 am
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