MINNEAPOLIS — Last Thursday Minnesota House of Representatives Republicans introduced legislation that would turn the Land of Lakes into more of a wild west shooting range. Rev. Nancy Nord Bence reported Sunday at a meeting of PROTECT MINNESOTA at the Mayflower Church on disturbing events in the Republican Legislature.
One dubious piece of legislation would authorize anyone, including non-residents, to carry a gun without a permit. The other is known as the “stand your ground” law which would allow a person to shoot anyone they considered a threat with “threat” interpretated subjectively.
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CLASSIC MOVIE INSPIRES STEW
In the classic movie “It Happened on 5th Avenue,” an estranged couple is reunited when the wife makes “mulligatawny soup.” The millionaire husband, played by Charlie Ruggles, is overwhelmed by the wife, played by Ann Harding. They fondly remembered the soup from leaner times.
So I ran across the recipe in my heart healthy cookbook and am giving it a go now in the crockpot. The main ingredients are chicken, broth, apples, onion, green pepper and carrots.
BITTER SWEET IRONY
I am savoring right of center Sunday Pioneer Press columnist’s Joe Soucheray’s discomfort with Trump playing footsie with Putin. Like me he grew up in a school where we were taught to fear the Soviet Union and the Reds. (A seventh grade teacher, John Kale, warned us that the radio documentary spoofing the Army McCarthy hearings was a subversive danger.)
Soucheray compares the Ruskies to the Green Bay Packers. What a horrible thing to say about Russia where my father was a native of Minsk, but was also anti-Russian.
Joe no doubt would prefer that Tim and Mary (Pawlenty) would soon be occupying the White House but it hasn’t come to pass (and never will).
CABIN FEVER MOVIE BINGE
With snow, ice and freezing temps, the 1981 film noir “Body Heat” seemed an appropriate title to chase away the winter blues last night. Coupled with the 1944 noir “Double Indemnity,” both provided a wonderful take on the state of civilization as we know it. In “DI,” Fred MacMurray is fixated on Barbara Stanwyck’s ankle bracelet while in “BH” the object of William Hurt’s lust is shown in explicit bedroom interludes with the femme fatale played by Kathleen Turner.
This is an updated take on the biblical Adam and Eve Garden of Eden yarn for adult viewing. Greed and lust send our erstwhile heroes down the swirling vortex of hell and damnation, but getting there is half the fun.