In Montana, an assault on a reporter and an assault on truth


In Montana on Thursday, Republican Greg Gianforte won election to the U.S. House of Representatives despite the fact that the day before, he body-slammed a reporter for asking a question. As outraged as we are here at The Shinbone Star, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that a significant number of Americans — both in Montana and elsewhere — are just fine with Gianforte, who now faces assault charges.

The man he attacked, after all, was only a journalist.

In his victory speech, Gianforte was apologetic, saying, “I shouldn’t have treated that reporter that way.” Some in the crowd laughed, and when Gianforte went on to say, “I made a mistake,” a supporter shouted, “Not in our minds!”

While Gianforte’s conduct is inexcusable, make no mistake, it trickled down from the top. It was Donald J. Trump and his Goebbels-esque mouthpiece, Stephen Bannon, who made the press Public Enemy #1…

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From Pearl’s Brewhouse to Hotel Emma (Part 2)

The World Is a Book...

Here are a few additional photos of the hotel.

I also like how they frame the old-time brewing facility with a stone arch door.

The courtyard is decorated with heavy brewing equipment, which does ensure the consistency.

In doing so, the authenticity is maintained and its history well preserved.

And, the Riverwalk is just a few yards away.

Happy Thursday! 🙂

Part 1 is here..

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The Color of Blood

Wish I Were Here

North Berwick, Scotland – September 2016

How high the walls of this castle are. How red the stone. Red: the color of the family that once dwelled within. The color of blood. My blood, diluted over the centuries by that of other tribes. Descendants dispersed in the winds of time. It’s just a name now: Douglas. A family ripped apart by rivalry. They became Red Douglases and Black Douglases. I have visited that other castle, in the Borders region. I wasn’t aware of the rift, then. Or to which line I belonged. It all comes down to color. Swarthy or ginger. Dark or light. Any heritage I claimed at Threave is erased and replaced by this intimidating structure. Tantallon.

The House that William Built, an information board proclaims. My mother and I exchange a look and snicker. William is the name of one of my brothers. She takes…

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Russian to Trump: Your budget cuts will hurt the little children


— Matt Boris with Andrews McMeel Syndication

It feels like Sen. Ted Cruz just filed another bill to repeal Obamacare without a replacement. And Donald Trump said, “Hold my beer.”

The still-free press are reporting that administration budget chopper Mick Mulvaney yesterday briefed the media on Trump’s latest slash-and-burn 2018 budget proposal. He bragged that Trump would balance the budget by eliminating the child care tax credit and the earned income tax credit — benefits for working families — for undocumented immigrants, as well as $800 billion in Medicaid benefits.

Reporter: “Whether they’re here illegally or not, those families have American-citizen children.”
Mulvaney: “We have all kinds of other programs for poor kids.”
Reporter: “You’re cutting that, too.”

Congress doesn’t need to take the fall for immoral, ruthless attacks on health care for the poor and ill, and related threats to the health of every American. Trump is going to do it…

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Oreo Millionaire Shortbread


the creative life in between

Oreo Millionaire Shortbread.


This recipe is ONLY for the most serious chocolate and salted caramel lovers.

Others – please disregard!

One of our friends who we meet up with every Thursday on our John’s Bar date night had a birthday last week.

Friends’ birthdays are always a great excuse for me to bake and try something new.

So for our sweet friend, Donna, I made these amazingly decadent Oreo Millionaire Shortbread cookie bars.

O… M… G!

What could be more indulgent than an Oreo cookie crust layered with homemade salted caramel and then topped with rich, creamy chocolate and sprinkled with additional Oreo crumbs?!?!

I found a recipe at Baking a Mess, but the recipe was in British weights and measures and contained ingredients I was not familiar with (caster sugar and golden syrup). I did a little research into converting grams to cups…

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From serpent to salamander

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

From the serpent stones of Arbor Low, we headed to the village of Youlgreave in search of tea and salamanders. There is a pub that provides the former and a church that provides a superb glimpse into the history of the area. Youlgreave is an odd place… a village with a memory of grandeur. Once upon a time, judging by the scale of the church, the residential architecture and the faded names of businesses that linger above doorways, it must have been a bustling little town. Like many such places though, industry changed and moved on, taking its wealth with it and leaving the only ghosts of former glories behind.

Youlgreave church bears witness to past times, but not just to the lead mines that made the sleepy village once a centre of industry. It contains relics of a long history dating back to the time of the Domesday book…

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