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Japan's Princess Mako's Boyfriend arrives from U.S. for wedding

Media calls Kei Komuro "boyfriend." not "fiancÚ." They were engaged a few years ago but the wedding was called off because his family wasn't good enough for the royal family (or more accurately, the assholes who control the royal family).

He went to New York to study law three years ago. The only way for them to be together was to do a Harry and Meghan escape to the U.S. and now they're doing it. I love this guy, he didn't give up.

He arrived from his flight wearing a suit without a tie and his hair in a ponytail. A huge f-you to the assholes.


Anybody watch the Julie Delpy series "On the Verge"? I need help with plot.

I just watched the second episode but need help understanding the plot because some of it's in French and I don't live in the U.S. so the subtitles aren't in English and I'm confused.

Delpy's character makes Italian food for a dinner party. Her husband's upset because the French couple he's invited hate Italy or something. They warn other guests to pretend the food is Corsican, not Italian. In the end there's a big fight and the couple storms off. What was their deal with Italy? Can anyone explain?

PBS: Chef Tu David Phu's "Brief but Spectacular" take on the memory of food

His parents were Vietnamese immigrants, grew up in a food insecure community and household:

"When I think of family meals that my mom cooked at home, I think of a bare chicken carcass that she got from the butcher shop because it was free. Credit to a lot of our mothers in their efforts to innovate dishes, to create recipes, to nourish their family, to make things delicious, because that's what love is."

Phu tried concentrating on traditional Vietnamese food for his restaurant, but came back to his mother's food. That with all his training as a chef he couldn't cook better than his mother and other Vietnamese mothers who had spent their lives cooking.

Couple of years ago I read a book about a famous chef who used to have an exclusive expensive restaurant. His staff spent days in finicky preparation of complicated high tech innovations, but he said what stumped him, what he couldn't do no matter how he tried, was make a good tortilla. In Mexico he'd watch women make tortillas -- perfect every time.

NBC. Deb Haaland, first Native American Secretary of the Interior: gov't effort reservation crime

Haaland launches first missing and murdered unit formed at the federal level to address high rates of missing and murdered girls and women on reservations. Thank you, President Biden, for choosing her!

PBS: It was supposed to be a quiet little cafe in Maine. It turned into a culinary phenomena

The Lost Kitchen. Funny that Judy Woodruff doesn't seem to know James Beard is dead.

Full Frontal, Samantha Bee: How (And Why) Black Voter Rights Are Under Attack

"No one can save us but us. We have to keep fighting."

Anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" May 29, 1913

Video is fuzzy but my favorite performance.

Paris, Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.

"The theatre seemed to be shaken by an earthquake. It seemed to shudder. People shouted insults, howled and whistled, drowning the music. There was slapping and even punching. Words are inadequate to describe such a scene. Calm was briefly restored when the order was suddenly given to put up the house lights. It amused me to see how certain boxes where occupants had been so noisy and vindictive in the dark quieted down when the lights went up.

"Diaghilev had ordained a pause between the two scenes; during this the lights were turned up and police were called in to eject the most violent demonstrators; but no sooner had the curtain risen on the trembling group of girls in Part II, with their in-pointed toes, their bent knees and their right fights supporting their sideways-bent heads, than a voice called out, 'Un docteur!' then another 'Un dentiste!' followed by a third with 'Deux dentistes!' A lady slapped the face of a man in a neighboring box, gentlemen challenged each other to duels, Comtesse Rene de Portales declared that she was sixty years old and that nobody had dared to try to make a fool of her before.

"After the performance [Stravinsky remembered] we were excited, angry, disgusted, and ... happy. I went with Diaghilev and Nijinsky to a restaurant. So far from weeping and reciting Pushkin in the Bois de Boulogne as the legend is [spread by Cocteau], Diaghilev's only comment was 'Exactly what I wanted.' He certainly looked contented. No one could have been quicker to understand the publicity value and he immediately understood the good thing that had happened in that respect. Quite possibly he had already thought about the possibility of such a scandal when I first played him the score, months before, in the east ground [floor] of the Grand Hotel in Venice."

From Richard Buckle's "Diaghilev"

The View: Rep. Greene Compares Mask Mandate to Holocaust (Meghan McCain Whatabout meltdown)

For those who enjoy hate-watching Meghan's nutty, furious Whatabout performances.

Meghan: Democrats are the REAL anti-Semites, their anti-semitism is more sinister and insidious than that of Republicans. The left doesn't bring the same energy toward hate crimes against Jewish people that they do to complaining about Greene (Joy Behar: "That offends me." ) The Squad is the face of the Democratic Party (but Greene isn't the face of the Republican Party, she's a lone nut, don't be silly).

She misquotes Ilhan Omar, says Omar dictates foreign policy because she's still on committees but Greene isn't (insinuating taking her off committees was a Republican action punishing Greene, which it wasn't -- unfortunately nobody corrected her). The liberal media protects Omar and they're mean to Greene. Meghan holds up the notes her husband gave her to read on air. Yells at Whoopi when they go to break because she imagines Teh Liberal Media is censoring her for uncovering the disgusting anti-semitism of the left that nobody talks about.

Samantha Bee: Gun Violence is a Public Health Crisis

I can't order Barack Obama's "A Promised Land" from Amazon.

I've been waiting a long time. I live in Japan and the book is only available by other sellers who either don't ship to Japan or are really expensive. Amazon teased me yesterday by saying the book would be available on May 29th. Then today back to NO. I am sad.
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