Friday, October 31, 2008
I cropped the image on this to create the icon I am using for myself and my blogs. I posted this earlier back when I first started this blog. I like it so I brought it back again. I even thought about putting in on the sidebar. I have some thoughts for things to put on the sidebar, but nothing definite.
One of the ads that gets to me is Saxby Shameless saying his opponent will work with Obama to raise your taxes. Shameless at one time introduced a bill for the mis-named FAIR tax. (Fucking Americans In the Rear) Not only would it let the Corporations and the rich off the hook, it would put a 23% national sales tax on everything you buy. This would be on top of any local taxes. Of course the rich would be all in favor of this plan. Instead of paying taxes on the money coming in, you pay tax on what you buy. For those on the lower end of the scale, adding that much to the cost of everything would be disastrous.
It's bad enough as it is with hedge fund managers paying capital gains taxes on their income and paying a lower percentage than their Secretaries. How in the hell they were ever allowed to do that is a mystery to me. Of course their buddies in Congress had something to do with that.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The ingredients in a pasty vary but I prefer meat (beef and pork or all beef or even venison), potato, rutabaga, and onion wrapped in a crust and baked. The crust can be a pie crust or there are also pasty crust recipes. One time the Old Lady was talking about pasties with a grad student from the UK and mentioned rutabagas in pasties and the grad student said, "You put
Swedes in your pasties?" In the UK, rutabagas or yellow turnips are called Swedes or Swedish turnips.
Unless I am back UP on the tundra in Yooperland where places that sell pasties are as common as doughnut shops on Cape Cod, I have to make my own pasties. And I mean I have to make the pasties. Over thirty years ago, I decided to try my hand at making pasties after having baked a couple of pies. Anywho, the pasties turned out pretty good, so good that the Old Lady said since your pasties are better than mine you can make them from now on. So for the last 30+ years when we have pasties, we either bought some or I made them.
And for those who think pasty rhymes with hasty, those are nipple coverings and generally not edible.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is a picture of the sourdough bread that I baked the other week. It took me more than a dozen tries to get a sourdough starter using only flour and water. My early attempts were using a Mason jar and I didn't have any luck. The last attempt I used a mixing bowl and was successful. I guess it needed a larger surface area to work.
I created the starter while UP on the tundra and was able to transport it down to the land of Kudzu in a cooler with no problems. It is happily living in a Mason jar in the back of the fridge. Once a week, I either make bread or feed it half a cup of flour and half a cup of warm water. You are supposed to throw half a cup of starter away when you feed it, but I don't because I want more starter so I can do two loaves at a time instead of one. After going thru the trouble of making a starter, the Old Lady said, I don't know why you bothered with that because I don't like sourdough bread. I just like the idea of making bread without buying yeast and it isn't a real sour sourdough. Also I just wanted to see if I could do it and I was able to create a sourdough starter from scratch. Maybe it will get more sour as it gets older but for now it has a sour smell in the jar and when I proof it but the bread has very little sour smell or taste.
The Old Lady went all out decorating for Samhain this year!! I hope the coven doesn't descend upon us.
I wonder if we will have any goblins or other critters this year. Last year we bought a couple of bags of candy and not one trick or treater came around. I know if we don't buy any candy, then some will show up and if we do buy candy we will get to eat any that is left over.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Personally, I won't ever vote for anyone with a R next to their name again. Not even if they are running for dogcatcher.
Monday, October 20, 2008
There are still a handful of my friends and relatives that are over on the dark side. If only they would see the light and realize that the party of McCain is destroying this country, then I would be truly proud!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
The other day I did a post titled Welfare and received a comment that said I should go camping. Well, the picture is of the shower that I used all summer long. It's a solar shower, you fill the bag with water and set it in the sun to warm up. One side of the bag is clear and the other is black. You set in the sun clear side up and hopefully after sitting in the sun most of the day the water inside will be warm enough for a shower. It reminded me of the story of The Three Bears. Some days it was too hot, some days it was too cold and sometimes it was just right. Bathing al fresco was refreshing at times and sometimes a little chilly.
Not to worry about me scaring the neighbors by being naked in the backyard. The neighbors in either direction are close to a quarter mile away and out of sight.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
On top of all that, she is also a dead-beat slumlord. Didn't pay property taxes on time and had code violations.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
For decades we have been hearing let the market solve all our problems. Free Market, Free Market, Free Market. Now that a number of banks and most of Wall Street are in danger of going tits up, they need the government to bail them out. I remember St. Ronnie saying that government is not the solution, government is the problem. What happened to that??
What's interesting is that whenever aWol the Conspirator in Chief goes on TV to reassure the public about this financial mess, the Stock Market takes a dive.
What I find extremely disgusting is that for decades these Free Marketeers have called anything that would help the average person Socialism. Now when we will be on the hook for over a Trillion $$, it's all good. Over 100 billion for AIG, over 300 billion for Fannie and Freddie, and over 700 billion to bail out the banks and Wall Street. As Sen. Dirkson used to say, "A billion here and a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money". This is the biggest example of Socialism that this planet has ever seen and all the talking heads are saying it needs to be done. This is just Socialized Kapitalism. And they scream bloody murder when someone gets a $100 or $200 in Food Stamps.
It's time to get rid of these Robin Hoods in Reverse, they take from the poor and give to the rich. I've been saying to years that I can't afford another tax cut because all the local taxes and fees go up.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Saudi Arabia has the largest oil reserve in the known world. Iraq is second. The United States is lucky if it is in the top ten.
How stupid does he think the voters are?? I forgot, this is Georgia and he won his Senate seat by running a campaign that was based on smearing Max Cleland by among other things saying he wasn't patriotic enough. By implying that Cleland's wounds in 'Nam were self-inflicted. I watched this from the States six years ago and was just thoroughly appalled by the sleazy politics coming from the right-wing. This year I will get to vote against him, because someone like him deserves to be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. How's that for old fashioned values??
And the answer is: his lips are moving!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Whenever I hear of someone getting arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana, I have trouble getting my head around the idea of manufacturing marijuana. I mean you plant the seed (sometimes all you need do is scatter the seed) and if it sprouts you can then tend to it or not. You can water it, cultivate it, prune it and harvest it, but how do you manufacture it?? I guess you could say that this summer I manufactured potatoes, green beans, radishes, tomatoes and some itty bitty carrots. Every year on the ranch UP on the tundra we manufacture asparagus which in recent years just went to seed, but this year we at least got a meal of asparagus. Tried to manufacture some other veggies, but because of little rain and my not watering enough they didn't amount to much.
At least there are no lines of cars waiting to get gas like there was when we got back to the land of kudzu.
Monday, October 6, 2008
" Kulkuri said...
What bothered me more than the killing of animals was the pictures of people mingling with the grizzlies. These are wild animals and can not be trusted at close range. It is fine to look at them from a safe distance, but to be in the middle of them and even between Mamma Bear and the cubs is pure stupid.
I don't approve of hunting anything from airplanes. But hunting for food in Alaska is one way that allows the people there to survive considering the high cost of living."
This is what the blogger replied.
"There is a high cost of living in Hawaii too, but it doesn't justify some kind of atrocious thing like hunting tourists.
If the cost of living in Alaska is prohibitive, well maybe one needs to look for a cheaper place to live. Like the lower 48.
And I think bear hunting should be done without weapons or traps. If you can't kill a bear with your bare hands, then you ought not be living in the bears neck of the woods. Unless you're bat shit crazy, get out of there. Self defense does not mean hunting. Raise rabbits if you want meat. Lambies, chickens. But leave the bares and wolves alone."
Notice there is no mention of my first comment about grizzlies and people.
After seeing this, it made me think and the thought that I had is that too many people think this is the face of the Democratic Party, the Anti-Hunting take everybodies guns away people. I have been a life-long Democrat (well, ever since I first voted) and there are times when I think gun control is hitting what you are aiming at. On the other hand I don't think anyone has the right or the need to own an AK-47 or a Bazooka. A decade ago I asked a right-wing fellow worker why anyone would want a fully automatic rifle when they are not very good for hunting? He said that it is fun to mow down small trees with one. My only thought was, what a waste.
But anywho, until the Democratic Party starts to let people know that they respect hunters and anglers, they'll have trouble connecting with a lot of people. The other party promises to let you keep your guns, but think on this, even if they do let you keep your guns (and their track record on keeping promises is very, very piss poor) what good does it do you if there is nothing left to hunt and you can't eat any fish you might catch?? The Reich-wingnuts have proven time and time again that they will do any and everything in the pursuit of a quick dollar. They are perfectly willing to destroy the environment to turn a small profit.