Saturday, January 10, 2009

If You Can't Get To Louisiana

Bring Louisiana To Your Kitchen...

Since late yesterday I've been doing prep work on a bunch of the Holy Trinity (Green Bell Pepper, Onion, and Celery), brining a whole chicken, and generally getting things together.

The bird was cooked with a batch of sacrificial vegetables to make a couple gallons of stock before bedtime last night, and a pound of red beans spent the balance of the evening soaking in cold water.

This morning after it had cooled I poured and strained the stock through cheese cloth, then hand picked the bird off it's bones and sliced up a couple pounds of Andoulli Sausage.

Then I spent 45 minutes stirring a big skillet full of oil and flour--producing a nice deep brown Roux.

More onions, garlic, etc. etc. and now I have two pots of stuff sitting on the stove on low, low heat, waiting for 3:30 PM to come around on the clock so I can turn up the heat.

If you haven't guessed by now, we're having Red Beans & Rice and Gumbo for dinner tonight, with a breaded fried gator tail appetizer.

Six folks and one Turbo Pup will be sitting down to dinner about 7:00 PM.

Feel free to stop by if you're in the area and we'll hand you a bowl...


I Stole Jonathan Swift's Words From Here

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice, when they will not so much as take warning?

All fits of pleasure are balanced by an equal degree of pain or languor; it is like spending this year part of the next year’s revenue.

The latter part of a wise man’s life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.

Whatever the poets pretend, it is plain they give immortality to none but themselves; it is Homer and Virgil we reverence and admire, not Achilles or ├ćneas. With historians it is quite the contrary; our thoughts are taken up with the actions, persons, and events we read, and we little regard the authors.

When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing, and by the dullest nation, as the Germans.

It is pleasant to observe how free the present age is in laying taxes on the next. Future ages shall talk of this; this shall be famous to all posterity. Whereas their time and thoughts will be taken up about present things, as ours are now.

Some men, under the notions of weeding out prejudices, eradicate virtue, honesty, and religion.

I have known some men possessed of good qualities, which were very serviceable to others, but useless to themselves; like a sun-dial on the front of a house, to inform the neighbours and passengers, but not the owner within.

If a man would register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, learning, etc., beginning from his youth and so go on to old age, what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last!

The reason why so few marriages are happy, is, because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Law, in a free country, is, or ought to be, the determination of the majority of those who have property in land.

Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old.

If books and laws continue to increase as they have done for fifty years past, I am in some concern for future ages how any man will be learned, or any man a lawyer.

-Jonathan Swift

Friday, January 09, 2009

I'm Starting My Own Company Country

I'll Call It The United State of InSanity...

Since it appears to me that three quarters of the rat bastards and bitches we've elected to every level of political office are lying thieving scumbags who's whole purpose is to remain in office by taking my money and giving it to someone else in some form of "stimulus package"...

I hereby resign my US citizenship, am loading my guns, and putting up a fence around my near half acre of dirt.

Enter at your own risk if not invited.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The King Turns 74...

Happy Birthday Elvis

Testing Windows Live Writer


Hope this doesn't end up in the "Crap That Pisses Me Off" Category

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Today's Political Commentary

Shooting From The Hip...

The funny thing to me this January is how the 17th amendment, which provided for the popular election rather than appointment of the Senators, and which effectively took away the direct representation of the interests of the sovereign individual "States United" before the Imperial Federal Government of the "United States"--is playing out as coming back into fashion.

In spite of the will of the people, Minnesota is putting that ignorant idiot asshole Al Franken into office as their Senator over incumbent Norm Coleman after conducting what at best could be considered a Circus of a recount involving psychics and Ouija Boards and ballots appearing in the back seats of election officials automobiles....

And Illinois has seen fit to allow their little asshole Governor (and soon to be Federal Prison Inmate) who appears to have a toupee on top of his toupee appoint the "Negro du jour" to fill Obamarama's vacated seat...

And Dick "Turbin" Durbin gets to play the unlikely role of George Wallace in the current drama except instead of the doors of the University of Alabama he's blocking the doors to the entrance to the US Senate...

And in the end I still have the presence of mind to fall back on the idea that was vacated with the ratification of the 17th Amendment.

According to the US Constitution as it was originally written, the Senate is supposed to represent the State Governments, not the people of the states directly, and therefor I guess I have to concede that in spite of my disdain for the individuals involved in the current process I say that we're actually seeing how bastardized and convoluted the selection of Senators could have been prior to 1913.

The only difference is that back then the states' Legislatures did the picking as a group, rather than leaving the result to people not qualified to pick their own noses as they are doing it today.


And I Thought A "Vista" Was Something Nice To Look At...

Not At My House These Days...

Here's my the view from my office "Vista" at least once every 24 hours...

What's even more infuriating is that when you click on the little box that wants to go look for a solution on the Internet, all it ever does is act like nothing happened in the first place...

it does make you hit the "Save" buttons more religiously after you lose a couple hours work a couple of times...

Monday, January 05, 2009

The Gaza Stripper?

I Think That I Might Be On To Something Here...

So I was sitting around spending the five minutes I haven't been busy in the past 24 hours worrying about the current round of carnage happening over in the middle east, when I had an idea for a new weapon which might just appease the Jihadists and Jihadist wannabes into getting out of the home made rocket business.

Then I promptly forgot it (the idea...)

Then this afternoon while working and listening to FOX News with one ear and eyeball it came back to me.

See if you think this might be effective in stopping the fighting...

( and my PhotoShop are at it again...)