Saturday, January 31, 2009

Need proof that we are going to be seen as weak?

(Via the Drudge Report)

US President Barack Obama's offer to talk to Iran shows that America's policy of "domination" has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.

"This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed," Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.

The countdown clock is now ticking for the next terrorist attack on American soil. Some Change, huh?

“Rahm hates us and lets us know it, and we hate him back."

(Via Timebomb 2000)

The day before the crucial vote in the House, Minority Leader John Boehner told his troops that the Republican Party is no longer a bureaucracy. "He took us by the throat and told us, ‘You're no longer the majority, stop acting like it,’" a senior Republican told me about the run up to the vote. “‘If you've got an idea, get it on MSNBC. This is an entrepreneurial insurgency.’ He was kicking the ball around. He wants everyone involved. If there's an amendment, he told us to offer it. If you have 48 seconds for YouTube, get it up there. Get busy and resist in every instance.”

If true, then this is the best news conservatives could have ever hoped for--that The Message of the past two elections has finally found its way through the thick-headedness of the Republican Part, and that the Party of Reagan is rallying for a counterattack.

I'm awaiting further developments with hopeful anticipation.

Friday, January 30, 2009

RNC Chairman Michael Steele

(Via the Drudge Report)

Somehow, I doubt that this is the move back to conservatism that I was hoping for. A lot of folk seem to be wetting themselves over this guy, and he's sort of conservative. However, I'm going to have to wait and see how this plays out. His NRA rating in the 2006 election was a "B", which means that he has voted for firearms restrictions. Not a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Skeen Burgers

This one is for Brigid, who has probably given up on my ever trying her recipe. Just had to wait on the leftover ham, my dear. Ham usually isn't a "left over" around me.

When I was growing up, the big burger delicacy in town was known as "Moose Burger"--not because it was made from moose meat, but because the restaurant that served it was the Big Moose. Imagine a Big Mac made with 2/3 of a pound of fresh ground meat, properly fresh lettuce, slices of Vidalia onion about 1/2" thick, crisp pickles, fresh buns and so on and so forth. I haven't eaten one in years and the Big Moose is only a memory, but I'm drooling....

Well, in the Next Town Over, they had their own burger claim to fame--the Skeen Burger. If I have the story correctly, the restaurant in question was the Morning Glory, and it was owned by, you guessed it, the Skeen family. As the Next Town Over was, like my town, dominated by furniture factories and textile mills, the day started early and ended early. Restaurants like the Big Moose and the Morning Glory existed to handle the breakfast and lunch crowds, and were closed and the staff gone home by 3:30.

I never experienced a real Skeen Burger at the Morning Glory--that restaurant had closed by the time I kinda-sorta returned home from some travels. The recipe, however, lived on locally. I guess a few family friends had begged it, and then one thing lead to another and it started getting passed around. Now, it can be widely found in area church cook books.

To make a Skeen Burger, start with 5 pounds of fresh ground chuck. The fresher the better, and make sure it has some fat in it--none of that 95-5 stuff. Crush enough Ritz Crackers to make 1 cup of cracker crumbs. Have on hand 1 cup of good apple sauce, 3 tsp. of Tabasco sauce, 5 tbsp of Worcester sauce (spring for the good stuff of your choice; leave the French's for the kiddies), 1 envelope of dry onion soup mix, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and salt if you wish--sea salt works best.

Mix it all up in whatever order you wish, in one big bowl using your hands. Machines destroy the texture of the meat. Pat out into generous burgers--we usually get 13-15 or so from this recipe. Be careful about getting them too thick as they tend to plump up as you grill them.

Yes, grill them--over charcoal. (LP grills--*shudder*). Be sure it is fairly hot, and sear the first side--some black does not hurt the taste--I think it enhances it. Flip them over and sear the other side. Flip again for 2-3 minutes, then flip for another 2-3. Use your turner to press them down on the grill and watch how much juice comes out. When it stops coming out in a stream, but the outside of the burgers are still moist, they're done. Cooked like this they are usually medium to medium well.

Get them off the grill, and then use the grill to toast the buns. Onion, tomato, lettuce, ketchup and whatever else you want on a burger, including chili (no beans--hot dog chili). Sweet tea to wash them down, although beer will do as well. (I usually have the beer while grilling to ward off dehydration induced by the hot grill. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.) Chips if you wish, potato salad works well, and homemade ice cream for afters is just the thing.

Damn. I'm drooling again.

More zombies

According to FOXNews, the Texas DOT needs to work on the IT security thing.

You know that it couldn't have been me. I would have used "Space Aliens" instead.

(Photo from i-hacked.com.)

I do love a happy ending

A Colorado Springs resident will not be charged for fatally shooting an intruder who tried to break into a home that he apparently thought was his, prosecutors said Tuesday.

As it should be. As a bonus, we get an idiot removed from the gene pool.

I shall now don my asbestos underwear and await the flames in the comments.

Of course they will

(Via the Drudge Report)

After all panic and crisis are time-tested political tools. It's easy to spook the sheep so that they bleat for safety:

DeMint, speaking Jan. 27 at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., explained the Obama administration will “create crisis and widespread panic” just like its predecessor in order to get Congress to act expeditiously.

“I’ve been around long enough to know whenever someone tells me I have to make a decision right now, my response is no,” DeMint said. “That clears it up right away and I think more and more the Bush administration and now this administration knows that they’re not going to get a quick reaction out of Congress unless they create crisis and widespread panic. And that’s going to be their M.O. to get Congress to act.”

Another senator, James Inhofe, R-Okla., explained the Bush administration used a similar tactic, under the direction of former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, to get the $700-billion TARP bailout bill passed by Congress back on Oct. 4, 2008.


And I'd like to note that both of the fine gentlemen of the Senate voted "NO" on the "Emergency" Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I can't make stuff like this up

Seven diners in northern Japan fell ill and three remained hospitalized Tuesday after eating blowfish testicles prepared in a restaurant not authorized to serve the poisonous delicacy.

Blow...fish...balls. *SNORT!*

Are we sure we want to close Gitmo?

Former Gitmo choir boy kills 12 in Iraq.

No wonder San Fran Nanny State doesn't want them at Alcatraz.

Want to know how the Big O is going to stimulate you?

(Yeah, I know--I'm turning into the Obama Channel. But the weather is crappy and I can't go to the range, so I need something to blog about. Besides, it's so tempting and easy....)

Glenn Beck has a breakdown on the $825 billion stimulus package, which absolutely must be passed in the next 3 weeks or WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!! so why don't you Congressional Republicans stop listening to Rush Limbaugh already and just pass the thing?

Now, exactly how this is going to bring any long term benefit to the economy is beyond me. I'll grant you that things like improving the electrical grid, weatherizing homes and improving medical record keeping sound all unicorn-ish and rainbow-y, but since when are these the jobs of the government? Last I checked, the grid was owned by the electrical companies, the houses by the folks who hold the deeds and we still don't have socialized medicine with even more government involvement despite the worst the left can do.

We won't even get into how we're going to finance this. The only two options are to borrow it (bad) or hire a third shift at the Government Printing Office (worse).

Keep after your Congresscritters and tell them what you think of this trillion dollar farce. Let's see if we can give the Big O a Big FAIL.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Bad idea

Big Hollywood reports that...

On Sunday afternoon Weekly Standard editor and New York Times columnist Bill Kristol — in an email exchange with Big Hollywood — agreed to debate Matt Damon on his Hollywood home turf after being informed the 38-year old actor ridiculed Kristol in an interview in the Miami Herald.

I'd like to note some wisdom from Mrs. Freeholder, which she once told to Daughter regarding her younger sibling, Son. "Don't try arguing with 3 year olds, it's a waste of time. Try ignoring them instead."

Picking fights

(Via the Drudge Report)

Once upon a time, I was told that "You never pick a fight with someone who buys newsprint by the ton and ink by the barrel." I wonder if that goes for someone who is on the radio to an audience of millions 15+ hours per week?

Twins seperated at birth?

(Via The Patriot Post)



Michael Reagan thinks so.

Merry Christmas--sorry we were late!

(Via The Patriot Post)

The Big O got elected on a platform of "CHANGE!" According to Michelle Malkin, it was really more like "CHARGE!" As in, we got ourselves into this sorry state by borrowing, so we can get out by borrowing more.

"The time has come," President Barack Obama told us in his inaugural address, "to set aside childish things." He borrowed the line from Corinthians. With the Beltway bread-and-circus show over, President Obama will now get to work on borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars from you, your children and your grandchildren for a doomed fiscal stimulus.

As President Obama basked in the inaugural glow, a dark cloud of reality moved in over the Democrats' $825 billion plan to rescue the economy. The Congressional Budget Office crunched the numbers and concluded that a huge bulk of the federal spending orgy wouldn't actually kick in until the recession is waning -- if not already over.

It seems that the more things Change, the more they stay the same. Same old Democrats, taxing and spending like there's no tomorrow.

Of course, with them in charge, there may not be.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Not in my back yard

It seems La Pelosi has issues with the Gitmo detainees visiting San Francisco.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday shrugged off Republican suggestions that the federal government reopen Alcatraz prison in her San Francisco district to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Yeah, that'd be a real bitch if any of them got loose in San Francisco. With all that tolerance and not a banned-in-California evil black rifle assault rifle in sight.... :-)

Surviving a plane crash

The Travel Insider has the good word on surviving a plane crash.

You know, I'm one of those who figured "OK, all the wheels are on the ground, we're golden." Not any more.

The Big O's Report Card

The Big O made over 500 distinct campaign promises. PolitiFact is keeping score on how well he delivers. You might want to bookmark this one for future reference.

What you can do this week

John M. Snyder, Public Affairs Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, says “gun owners are getting riled up and politicians are noticing it."

And it's about time, too. Not just that it's time for the politicians to notice that 90 million voters are pissed, but for the gun owners to be pissed.

Gun owners have a bad habit. We see an assault on our civil rights, and we grumble and gripe to each other, either in the firearms press or on the various gun boards. Most of us fail to complain where it will do some good--Congress.

A lot of our fellow gun owners think that it's too late, or that politicians don't listen or something similar. Allow me to belabor the dead horse again--no it isn't and yes they do. It isn't too late to work inside the system to protect our rights. Yes, politicians do listen, if you're loud enough and persistent enough.

Last week, I put up this post, detailing who needed to be emailed to help stop Eric Holder from becoming Attorney General. The Mountain Man added more information in the comments on how to make it happen easily.

Right here and right now we have a chance to hand The Big O and those who would take away our rights a "great big smack upside the head". I've emailed every one of the member of the Judiciary Committee, plus my senators. Have you joined me? No? Then you need to take some time and get on the job. Now.

If we can derail this nomination, we will take an incalculable amount of momentum away from the Obama Express, which can only be a Good Thing. It will help slow down the rest of his neo-socialist agenda, and help set the stage for a resurgence in conservatism.

So get out of the wagon and help those of us who are doing all the pulling. Email the member of the Judiciary Committee now.