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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Feeding the Active Writer

Always looking for new things.  As I accumulate more, it becomes harder to come up with new recipes because it's simply easier to go with one I already have.

When I was growing up Shepherd's Pie was a nice comfort food.  Strictly speaking it should be made with lamb or mutton, but we always used ground beef.  In basic structure it was an upside-down mashed potatoes and gravy, with vegetables (normally corn and onions) mixed into the gravy, all made in a casserole dish.

What I have here is a slow cooker low carb variant.  It takes a little more time to prepare than most of my "feeding the active writer" recipes, but I think the result is worth it.

Low Carb Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie.

Ingredients:
2 lb cauliflower--fresh or frozen.
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp butter or margarine.

3 lb ground beef
1 lb cut green beans.
1 tbsp xanthum gum
2 tbsp minced garlic

In a large pot boil the cauliflower until very tender.  It should break apart easily with a fork.
Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Add the garlic powder and butter or margarine.
Using a potato masher, mash until the individual florets are thoroughly broken up.
With an electric mixer, beat on high until all the larger pieces are broken into rice-sized pieces or smaller.
Set aside.

In another large bowl combine the remaining ingredients.  It's easiest to use your hands to mix it.  Disposable gloves are very helpful with cleanup here since the xanthum gum tends to form a very cloying film on anything wet that it comes in contact with.

Grease a 4-5 quart slow cooker with a generous coating of cooking spray.
Press the ground beef mixture into the bottom of the cooker.
Top with the cauliflower.

Cook on low about 10 hours.

Spoon out into bowls to serve.  Make sure to get both the cauliflower topping and the meat below.  Serves about eight.

Enjoy.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Great Cookie Monster Thread

An item that started back during the 2012 Presidential race grew into a truly epic thread.  I have had people ask me to find it again which can be hard to do with old threads on FaceBook.

Well, I found it.  Wasn't able to figure out how to share or link to the thread itself so I figured to just copy it here. Enjoy.

It started with this picture.  Someone posted it on FB and I shared it with the following comment:

1) Sesame Street predates government funding of PBS and thus could quite well survive the cessation of said funding.

2) Even if Sesame Street were to fold, as other Children's shows have done over the years (do you remember Romper Room? Captain Kangaroo?) in the world where cable and satellite are ubiquitous, in a world with "Learning Channels" and "Discovery Channels" and many another, it's loss, while not without a nostalgic sadness, would hardly be the end of the world.

3) Please show me what clause in the Constitution which makes paying for educational television a responsibility of the Federal Government. I can show you the clauses that put military expenditures into that category. We're broke as a nation and need to cut spending. Things that _aren't_ Constitutional responsibilities _should_ be cut, certainly before things that _are_.

4) That the Federal Government can, and should cut back toward what its actual Constitutional responsibilities are is, in fact, a _wonderful_ lesson to be teaching America's children. GAR Tim Covington Considering all of the merchandising/licensing involved with Sesame Street, I have a hard time believing it would ever go away. It would just move to one of the kids's channels and have advertising scattered throughout the show instead of the 10 minutes at the end of the hour. August 23, 2012 at 7:22am • Unlike • 6

David Burkhead "ever" is a long time. Some awfully popular shows have had their day and finally went away but still, I don't think its in any immediate danger even if 1) PBS loses federal funding and 2) as a result PBS goes away (not a certainty even in the event of "1"). August 23, 2012 at 7:34am • Like

Doug Burbey Isn't it about time Sesame Street start using their product marketing royalties and pay for their own damn show? Where's all that toy money go anyway? Bet it's not back to the treasury. August 23, 2012 at 7:35am • Unlike • 5 •

Quilly Mammoth In 1977 Chil;dren's televisdi August 23, 2012 at 7:42am • Like •

Quilly Mammoth In 1977 Children's television workshop bought several small cable operators across the US with help from the Ford Foundation. Shortly thereafter CTW never took another grant for Sesame Street. The only funds that CTW ever took from the Dept of Ed were for studies to find how effective the process was. Info they then used to hit up the large foundations for money. August 23, 2012 at 7:45am • Unlike • 3 •

Brad Torgersen Because defunding muppets is MEAN! That's pretty much the only argument. Speaking as someone who worked a lot in community radio, I see plusses and minuses to defunding PBS. The core question is one I've never been able to answer: why should public broadcasters with a political agenda be funded by taxpayer dollars from taxpayers who disagree with that political agenda? The answer is: they shouldn't. Which gets us back to: defunding muppets is MEAN! August 23, 2012 at 9:53am • Unlike • 5 •

James L Short • 7 mutual friends So you would be more supportive of teaching children war than reading? Or just fund war more than education? August 23, 2012 at 10:03am • Like •

Gary Roulston James L. Just proved Brad Torgersen's point! August 23, 2012 at 10:56am • Like • 2 •

Phil Sevetson I believe that PBS will survive elimination of Government funding. I also suspect that the people who are gunning for it now will start going after broadcast licenses of the stations, next. I don't think "get government funding out of PBS" is the end-game. I suspect we'll see in the next four years, if Romney manages to pull this one out. August 23, 2012 at 11:01am • Unlike • 1 •

Lin Wicklund I turned Sesame Street off when Baby Bear and an adult told my kids that I didn't love them enough to want to go to work and put them in day care. That only loving mothers put their kids in day care, and the other mothers didn't love their kids enough to go to work. August 23, 2012 at 11:01am • Unlike • 9 •

Lin Wicklund Nothing, mind you, about two-parent families where one parent went to work and the other parent loved their children enough to stay home. August 23, 2012 at 11:02am • Unlike • 4 •

David Burkhead James L Short, fallacy of insufficient options. How about teaching children _civics_ (it used to be a subject in school) covering things like separation of powers, Constitutional powers and responsibilities (including actually reading the document), and so forth. Also, defunding PBS is not the same thing as not teaching children reading. My daughter pretty much never watched Sesame Street (or any PBS for that matter). It just didn't interest her (shocking, I know) and yet she reads well enough at eighth that "grade level" is meaningless. How is that possible without Sesame Street and PBS? Very easily, actually.

BTW, the Sesame Worksho (formerly Childrens Television Workshop) is self-funded by merchandising et al. It doesn't rely on grants. It doesn't rely on PBS. In a world with The Science Channel, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, A&E, Nickelodean, and many more I doubt Sesame Street would be more than temporarily inconvenienced by PBS losing federal funding.

And that's the way it should be. August 23, 2012 at 11:05am • Like • 10 •

Larry Correia Yeah, Brad... Do you still beat your wife?! Jerk. August 23, 2012 at 11:39am • Unlike • 8 •

Larry Correia August 23, 2012 at 11:39am • Unlike • 5 •

Jon Summers • Friends with Oleg Volk and 1 other I am going to use an argument I have seen elsewhere here and just change the name to fit.... "Why are *Muppets* discussing politics?!?" August 23, 2012 at 11:48am • Like • 6 •

John David Handley • 2 mutual friends James: if the only way your kids are learning to read is via a tv show, may I suggest you're a shit parent and no amount of federal waste will correct that. August 23, 2012 at 11:48am • Unlike • 12 •

Mackey Chandler If corporations are people then surely muppets can be 'arrested' and indefinitely detained or rendered to other jurisdictions and questioned until the stuffing comes out... August 23, 2012 at 11:48am • Like • 2 •

Larry Correia Except Cookie Monster. Because that dude is a straight up hard core operator... Conservative too. August 23, 2012 at 11:49am • Unlike • 16 •   

Peter Barrett • 7 mutual friends Maybe Grover should get a productive job instead of having armed agents of the state steal his funding from the productive class at gunpoint. August 23, 2012 at 11:50am • Unlike • 11 •

Larry Correia And Cookie Monster is in favor of teaching war rather than reading. The dude is a freaking killing machine. He was in my mercenary company in Bosnia. I saw Cookie Monster massacre a whole village once... We paid him in cookies. August 23, 2012 at 11:52am • Unlike • 27 •

Nick Gardner Speaking for myself, I'd rather have freedom than Grover. Just sayin' August 23, 2012 at 11:55am via mobile • Unlike • 10 •

Larry Correia It was after the village massacre in Sbrzjkhginvinia that Cookie Monster got on that weird health kick where he only ate vegetables. I think he just saw too much killing. It can change a puppet... He was messed up, riddled with PTSD. His nightmares were of blood... and cookies... August 23, 2012 at 11:57am • Unlike • 28 •

Travis Beck That crazy blue bastard has a huge switchblade that he named "Snickerdoodle". The things he uses it for...not even Oscar deserves that! August 23, 2012 at 11:59am via mobile • Like • 5 •

David Burkhead Thank you Larry Correia. Seems after you commented here I get a number of likes from XXX (Friend with Larry Correia) August 23, 2012 at 11:59am • Like • 8 •

Dick Besser • Friends with Oleg Volk and 3 others Lots of cable and network TV shows have been axed because they are not economically viable, no matter how entertaining they may have been. Why should tax dollars support public TV which has become either not watched or a nest of liberal vipers who know that many parents are off working and partying so no one is civilizing their children who then are easy to indoctrinate with mushy non thinking emotional driven BS. August 23, 2012 at 11:59am • Like • 1 •

Larry Correia But then we pulled Cookie Monster out of retirement. Zubara was heating up. We needed his particular set of skills. Part of me feels guilty... I'm the man that put that bag of snickerdoodles in front of him. I'm the one that dragged him back in. I remember, when he looked at me with his big, sad, googley eyes and said "COOKIE? ME LIKE COOKIE? ME KILL TERRORISTS. NOM NOM NOM NOM." and the next thing I knew, we were sitting on a rooftop, watching bad guys through the twenty power scope on top of a Barrett M82... August 23, 2012 at 12:00pm • Like • 22 •

Travis Beck Don't forget about that firefight outside of Macaroon. The way he went after that former Selous Scout because he can't stand crackers, that was messed up. August 23, 2012 at 12:04pm via mobile • Like • 1 •   

Larry Correia Our biggest problem in the field was that his bright blue fur stuck out in the desert... There isn't much stealth when C.W. is working. We'd roll up fast. Hit the enemy hard. Cookie Monster is a straight up door kicker. Man... He's quick. Last of the gun slingers we called him. I remember standing over this pile of corpses one time, and I was shaking, and I said "Why do we do this, man?" and what he said to me has lingered ever since... "C IS FOR COOKIE. THAT'S GOOD ENUF FOR ME!" Words of wisdom, man... Words of wisdom... August 23, 2012 at 12:05pm • Like • 31 •  
 
Travis Beck At one point there was talk of getting him a ghillie suit made of snuffleupagus hide. Did that ever work out? August 23, 2012 at 12:07pm via mobile • Like • 4 •

Larry Correia Yes. We requisitioned snuffleupagus hide from Locks Of Love. August 23, 2012 at 12:09pm • Like • 10 •

Nick Gardner I still have nightmares about what he did for that tin of shortbread. *SHUDDER* August 23, 2012 at 12:09pm via mobile • Like • 1 •

Travis Beck If ever a smores-eater personified "Front Towards Enemy" it was the Big C. August 23, 2012 at 12:12pm via mobile • Like • 1 •

Adam Meyers • Friends with Howard Tayler and 4 others Speaking as a professional actor, I know all the arguments about patronage and the need for art to, every now and then, seek for art regardless of whether it will be profitable or not. I also know that patronage is how once-educational programs turn into political machines, and how the quality of artwork steadily drops due to not needing to actually be good to keep being funded. If Seasame Street, after all its backing and groundbreaking, can't survive loss of Federal funding, then maybe its time it died and was replaced by a new groundbreaking kids show. August 23, 2012 at 12:13pm • Like • 7 •

Travis Beck Wasn't the Shortbread Protocol developed over Macho Grande? August 23, 2012 at 12:14pm via mobile • Like • 1 •

Philip Perrey • Friends with Larry Correia Travis, no, we won't ever be over Macho Grande. August 23, 2012 at 12:20pm • Like • 2 •

Larry Correia Shortbread Protocol... It hurts to remember.

The target was a Romanian, real numbers man... Had a code name, The Count. He had the codes. We had to make him talk.

We waterboarded that puppet for hours. I can still hear their voices.

"WHAT IS CODE?"
August 23, 2012 at 12:21pm • Like • 15 •

Larry Correia "ONE. HAW HAW HAW. TWO. HAW HAW HAW." August 23, 2012 at 12:22pm • Like • 11 •

Larry Correia "COOKIE IS NOT SOMETIMES FOOD!"

It was horrible... Just horrible... August 23, 2012 at 12:22pm • Like • 5 •

Brad Torgersen I must say, this thread is by far the funniest damned thing I have read in a long, long time. LOL! My had is off, all. August 23, 2012 at 12:22pm • Like • 7 •

Jon Summers • Friends with Oleg Volk and 1 other
If Cookie Monster and Grover are the "Front line operators" ... does that mean Big bird and Snuffleupagus are the sniper team? I mean, they do already have built in ghillie suits.

I can see it now "Seal Team: Sesame Street... the mockumentary!"
August 23, 2012 at 12:26pm • Like • 4 •

Jesse Lambert • 7 mutual friends I heard CM wore a necklace made from the oatmeal raisin cookies that he took off the dead. August 23, 2012 at 12:27pm • Like • 4 •

Chris Casper • Friends with Oleg Volk and 3 others I was part of NATO forces in the Balkans. I can confirm that "the Monster" was active in the region. The after action reports were... Horror. Sheer, pure horror. August 23, 2012 at 12:27pm via mobile • Like • 4 •
Steve Gasper • Friends with Larry Correia and 1 other Awesome! August 23, 2012 at 12:28pm • Like •
Robert Langham Kids don't need to know how to build bombs? August 23, 2012 at 12:31pm • Like •

Chris Casper • Friends with Oleg Volk and 3 others There are unconfirmed reports that the Monster wiped out an entire Russian outpost near Pristine. The Russians just disappeared overnight... Just vanished... Like cookies anywhere near The Monster. NATO HQ heard nothing until it was all over. It was a mountain facility, but the locals swore they could hear the screaming of the VDV. We found no traces except for gas masks and random scraps of equipment. God knows what happened in that hole... August 23, 2012 at 12:34pm via mobile • Like • 4 •

Anthony Sadowski • 6 mutual friends I think I saw CM in the a-stan there was word of am IAF hit team terrorizing a small remote village we were told big C was handing it Later at a shura with the tribel elders they said to thank their savior and told us they had pulled together a payment from usaid packages i never saw some many oreos and choc chip cookies in one place ever. August 23, 2012 at 12:39pm via mobile • Like • 3 •

Jesse Lambert • 7 mutual friends One time CM came to me and asked if I could do an under-barrel Easy Bake oven for his M4. I said "Sure, but why?". And then he told me. I did it because I needed the money. I tell myself that if I hadn't built it for him someone else would have. That doesn't stop the nightmares though. August 23, 2012 at 12:41pm • Like • 8 •

Nick Gardner How many others are picturing Big Bird saying "The horror?" August 23, 2012 at 12:43pm via mobile • Like • 2 •

Amelia Ritner • Friends with Larry Correia Doesn't Sesame Street make enough money in product sales to fund itself? August 23, 2012 at 12:43pm • Like •

Nick Gardner Jon, Grover is not an operator. Didn't you ever see the films of the protests? Grover throwing his medals over the White House fence? August 23, 2012 at 12:46pm via mobile • Like • 1 •
Larry Correia Jesse... You were the one that made EZ Bake? Man... CM would just sit there sometimes, talking to that thing like it was alive. He freaked us out sometimes. Cookie Monster was never the same after Elmo got redacted. Torture Me Elmo some of the guys called him. C.M. never laughed at that one... August 23, 2012 at 12:46pm • Like • 10 •

Larry Correia Grover is a poser. Grove pisses me off. Grover is the reason we have Stolen Valor. They said we tried to Swift Boat Grover, but the only reason he got a purple heart was because HE WAS PURPLE! August 23, 2012 at 12:47pm • Like • 6 •

Chris DeBoe • 5 mutual friends When the after action report includes the word "purée", you know it was Big Blue. August 23, 2012 at 12:49pm • Like • 3 •

Chris DeBoe • 5 mutual friends There was the occasion in Tzfrjkistan, when I was in the 120mm mortar crew. I still can remember the call: "Fire for effect, one round, double chocolate chip..." August 23, 2012 at 12:54pm • Like • 2 •

Chris Casper • Friends with Oleg Volk and 3 others Jesus, Jesse. THAT WAS YOU? Do you have ANY CLUE what you did? August 23, 2012 at 12:54pm • Like • 2 •

Larry Correia Jesse, how can you sleep at night? August 23, 2012 at 12:55pm • Like • 1 •

Larry Correia You should have seen what Cookie Monster did with Old EZ Bake when we invaded Nick Jr. August 23, 2012 at 12:55pm • Like • 5 •

Matt Sorrell • Friends with Larry Correia and 1 other I'll never eat another sugar cookie as long as I live. I just. . . . . can't. Not with those memories August 23, 2012 at 12:57pm • Like • 1 •

Nick Gardner "PTSD is terrible illness that can affect any person or puppet who's been in combat. If you suspect anyone you know is suffering from it, please, urge them to get help." This message brought to you by the letters W, T and F, and the number 8. August 23, 2012 at 1:08pm via mobile • Like • 8 •

Travis Beck CM couldn't be trusted with sensitive intel, though. Remember what happened to that laptop we found at Tora Bora? I never could get through to him that tracking cookiees weren't softbaked. August 23, 2012 at 1:30pm via mobile • Like • 3 •

Peter Nealen • Friends with Tom Kratman and 4 others We had to go into a village in Zaidon after CM got through with it. The blood... the crumbs... I told myself that the bastards deserved it... Still can't get it out of my head... August 23, 2012 at 1:44pm • Like •

Tom Hamrick • Friends with Robert Langham I thought they had changed from PBS to the CSTN? And We still pay for it. August 23, 2012 at 2:09pm • Like •

Brad Torgersen (laughter, literally, big loud laughter....) August 23, 2012 at 2:09pm • Like • 2 •

Brenna McGruder Rawson • 3 mutual friends I never liked Grover anyways. I bet Snuffy is for Romney! August 23, 2012 at 2:31pm • Like • 1 •

Conrad Ray • Friends with Larry Correia and 4 others Were you there when Bert got hit? We were in this little village and Bert stepped on a bouncing betty. He was down, screaming, stuffing everywhere. We're trying to hold him down, stop the bleeding and frantically calling for a medevac. Just as the helo's dusting off with Bert I see CM walk into this bakery. He didn't even go for the cookies. Just straight into the flour. He came out with it caked around his nose. His eyes were pinholes. I don't know how he didn't OD and drop right there. He started going from house to house, kicking doors and... it was bad. He did the whole village. He just kept saying, "If they didn't plant it, they know who did."

He scares the piss out of me. When he's running on cookies it's bad enough. When he goes straight on the uncut flour,.. man, I just don't want to talk about it.

The thing is, he projects this image like he's hard, like a chips ahoy. But he's got soft layers, like an oreo. I really think he's hurt by what he's seen and what he's done. Now he's damaged goods. Just the crumbs left in the bottom of the tray. Would I work with him again? I don't know. I just don't know. August 23, 2012 at 3:00pm • Like • 10 •

Janet L. Pedersen • Friends with Larry Correia Ah, the muppets are upset because the Republican ticket supports the traditional definition of marriage. They're afraid Miss Piggy and Kermit will have to go underground... August 23, 2012 at 3:12pm • Like •

John Lane • Friends with Mark Wandrey and 4 others Sometimes things just don't make sense, because one thing is not like the others. Did you ever find the Rainbow Connection? I know you were deep in the swamp looking for it. August 23, 2012 at 3:24pm • Like • 1 •

John Lane • Friends with Mark Wandrey and 4 others They waterboarded Ernie, and he gave up the double agent. "Rubber Ducky! Rubber Ducky, you're the one..." August 23, 2012 at 3:32pm • Like • 2 •

Megan Rogers • Friends with Phil Sevetson When the constitution was formed only white, propertied men ( like Romney) had voting rights. Times have changed. Unless you want to return to an oligarchy, the government is obligated to do it's utmost to educate it's citizens. August 23, 2012 at 3:43pm • Like •

Larry Correia I'm not sure who made up more bullshit this thread, all of the Cookie Monster adventures or what Megan just said there... If your children's education is predicated upon PBS being government funded, you have my pity. August 23, 2012 at 3:55pm • Unlike • 10 •

David Burkhead Funny, my daughter, at eight, is reading at a level where "grade level" is essentially meaningless. She did that without ever watching PBS and watching, at most, three or four episodes of Sesame Street on DVD. If government funding of PBS is so all fired important, how was she able to do that?

Oh, and as for arguments based on "times have changed" I point out that those "white, propertied men" put into that Constitution means for changing it relative to changing times. It's called the Amendment process. If you want to change it, then amend it properly. If Federal educational funding is so obviously important it shouldn't be difficult to convince 2/3 of each House of Congress and 3/4 of State legislatures to agree. If you can't, then maybe the "benefit" isn't so obvious as you think.

The modern Department of Education was founded in 1979. I have seen little evidence that it's made things _better_. PBS itself has only existed since 1970. Folk who weren't "educated" by the federal department of education and PBS were only capable of little things like, oh, to give just one example, going to the friggin' Moon. People who benefited from the Federal Department of Education and PBS have made such great accomplishments as, well, _not_ going to the Moon.

I remain unconvinced that "times have changed" in this instance (Federal funding of education and "educational programming") are actually changes for the better. The evidence before the bench would seem to point the other way. August 23, 2012 at 4:10pm • Like •

Everitt Mickey That ad alone is reason to defund PBS. And I think it's a GREAT lesson. August 23, 2012 at 4:10pm • Unlike • 2 •

T Michael Hast • 12 mutual friends Don't you just love it when public radio and public TV do their annual guilt-trip fund drive? If they weren't already taking my money via taxes, I might be inclined to contribute. Maybe. As it is, get bent. August 23, 2012 at 4:39pm • Like • 1 •

Philip Docfather Wohlrab Man I was a Medic on a CST in Iraq, we were heading over towards Al Assad and running through Fallujah. Little did we know CM had heard there was a stash of thin mints going through MSR Mobile in a bongo......There were bongo trucks everywhere all burn out and shit.....The stuff I was doing man trying to hold stuffing in..... I ran through my main aid bag and then had to hit up my secondary and the CLS bags. Biggest MASSCAL I have ever seen. We had the Dust offs coming in in waves an in waves. I just couldn't do it afterwards. August 23, 2012 at 5:06pm • Like •

Jered Van Tuyl • 13 mutual friends So, what's the downside with that poster? August 23, 2012 at 9:10pm • Like •

Megan Rogers • Friends with Phil Sevetson David, I presume that you are college educated, relatively well off, bought books for your daughter and read to her frequently. Now imagine the parent who does not even have a GED, who is working three jobs, who can't afford books for her daughter at Barnes and Noble and who does not read well herself. This woman is likely so exhausted that when she is with her children she uses the TV as a babysitter. What do you hope her child watches? Will it be a rerun of Threes Company, a violent cop show, reality TV or Sesame Street? I know which one I would pick. Three of these junk shows belong together. Three of these shows are kinda the same. But one of these shows just doesn't belong here. Now it's time to play our game.... August 23, 2012 at 9:13pm • Like •  

Mark Tickler • Friends with Larry Correia Well, maybe "If you would have peace, be prepared for war" is a valid lesson as well, no? August 23, 2012 at 9:22pm • Like • 1 •

David Burkhead "Now imagine a parent who..." is going to need a lot more than PBS to make any significant difference. August 23, 2012 at 9:26pm • Like • 2 •

Everitt Mickey three jobs? wonder why she had a kid. August 23, 2012 at 9:46pm • Like •

David Burkhead Ev, it was her _right_! August 23, 2012 at 9:46pm • Like •

Everitt Mickey David...oh yeah. Silly me. August 23, 2012 at 9:47pm • Like •

Jered Van Tuyl • 13 mutual friends So why does it become the responsibility of us as taxpayers to babysit a child for someone who makes poor choices? August 23, 2012 at 9:58pm • Like • 2 •

David Burkhead Jered Van Tuyl, because it's her _right!_ August 23, 2012 at 10:04pm • Like •

Tedd SpeakertoLabanimals Roberts The negative commentors are missing the fact that the poster basically *lies* Sesame Street is self-funded out of their own [Big Corporate] profits on merchandising. August 23, 2012 at 10:06pm • Unlike • 3 •

Tedd SpeakertoLabanimals Roberts So, if PBS is defunded - they can either stop producing their educational shows and just become a toy merchandizer - which would simply reveal the hypocrisy in the criticism above August 23, 2012 at 10:07pm • Unlike • 2 •

Everitt Mickey I'm wondering just how "educational' Sesame street IS. I'm wondering if maybe they be teaching kiddo's stuff the parents don't really care for. August 23, 2012 at 10:08pm • Unlike • 1 • 

Tedd SpeakertoLabanimals Roberts or they can take their educational programs to other outlets. They don't have to have PBS to be educational. In fact, they only thing educational about PBS these days is the education you get when you realize that the whining fundraisers are already getting your tax money! August 23, 2012 at 10:08pm • Unlike • 1 •

Megan Rogers • Friends with Phil Sevetson I am not describing a fictitious person. My son holds a 50 hour a week factory job making $9.00/ hour. If he works there a full year he will be entitled to a half a week of vacation. A coworker of his does his same job and two others. You might think because she is poor it is immoral of her to have kids that she can't afford. I view it as immoral of America to allow companies to pay wages so low that their workers with families are forced to work twice as hard as you and me hour work wejust to make ends meet. Also, what about the child who did not choose to be born into poverty. Do you want a government that does nothing to try to stop the cycle of poverty? Of course Sesame Street is not enough. The government needs to spend far more on programs to educate our youth. You are advocating that our government stop the programs that we know are helpful for kids. August 23, 2012 at 10:36pm • Like •

Larry Correia I'm sorry. I couldn't hear you over all the liberal hand wringing. August 23, 2012 at 11:21pm via mobile • Like • 3 •

Everitt Mickey Megan... go to russia and see how well socialism worked.... August 23, 2012 at 11:30pm • Like •

Drew Hamilton • Friends with Larry Correia Maybe the kids should go to school and learn something there.... Hell even take the money from pbs and give it to the schools. Though parents should be teaching the kids they have something, instead of letting the tv raise them. August 23, 2012 at 11:46pm • Like • 1 •

Chuck Wohlrab • Friends with Philip Docfather Wohlrab Considering Sesame Street is worth well over a billion dollars can anyone explain to me just why Grover and his pals need to drink from the public trough??? August 24, 2012 at 12:06am • Like • 2 •   

Ted Hall • 14 mutual friends Megan: I am not describing a fictitious person. Then perhaps you ought to be doing something about it... are you babysitting now and then so the poor woman can look for a better job? Have you stocked the pantry for her this month? Do you really think that anything YOU aren't doing for her knowing of the situation personally ought to be OUR responsibility? August 24, 2012 at 12:20am • Like • 2 •

Drew Hamilton • Friends with Larry Correia Ummmm good point Chuck..... August 24, 2012 at 12:20am • Like •

James Bell • Friends with John Ringo and 4 others So why can't PBS sell advertising like ABC NBC et al? Where does all that money that the Merchandizing from Sesame St. makes go? August 24, 2012 at 4:37am • Like •

Matthew Bowman "I view it as immoral of America to allow companies to pay wages so low that their workers with families are forced to work twice as hard as you and me hour work wejust to make ends meet."

I view it as silly to assume that a job meant for a single person supporting only himself should be expected to pay for an entire family. There are jobs that pay more, but you have to qualify for them. You don't have a "right" to a job; you have to earn the pay you're provided.

Yes, it's hard to get one of those jobs. It's REALLY hard in the last few years, in fact. Since -- when was it? 2009? No, wait, it was the tail end of 2008, right after the stock market tanked in early November. Apparently investors got some bad news on Wednesday, November 5th.

I wonder what happened the day before? Hmmm . . . August 24, 2012 at 1:34pm • Like •

Wayne Joseph Borean Actually the United States is not broke. The major problem is that certain groups have worked to ensure that they don't pay taxes. Fix the tax Scofflaw problem, and you've got lots of cash.

As to Sesame Street, and other educational programs, they pay off by improving the earning power of the kids that watch them, meaning they'll pay more in taxes. Government supported Educational efforts are actually a damned good investment, which helps provide educated workers, and improves society.

Oh, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was socialist in name only. It was a dictatorship pure and simple, dedicated to supplying a small elite with luxuries, and keeping the rest of the population as virtual slaves. August 24, 2012 at 1:59pm via mobile • Like •

David Burkhead "The major problem is that certain groups have worked to ensure that they don't pay taxes." This kind of comment is _exactly_ why we need folk in office who can do math. It's empty rhetoric, no more.

Take the growth of Social Security. Just that one aspect of the budget. Take the growth of the GDP (averaged over a long enough baseline to smooth out the shorter cycles). Put them on the same graph. In a surprisingly short time, if nothing major happens to change either curve, Social Security will pass GDP. No taxes in the world will save it then. Of course, _something_ will change before then.

"They pay off by improving the earning power of the kids that watch them." Cite? Any evidence whatsoever for this claim? I mean, even explicit programs such as Head Start have been shown to have zero effect by third grade.

"The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was socialist in name only." Why yes. Along with every other "socialist/communist" nation. There. is. a. reason. for. this. August 24, 2012 at 2:06pm • Like • 1 •
 
Matthew Bowman Socialism: an idea so popular, so efficient, so fair . . . you have to force others into it against their will!

I find the math issue hilarious. If you raised taxes to 100% on the Evil Rich, you wouldn't even pay for a year of the federal budget -- much less pay down the debt! August 24, 2012 at 2:52pm • Like •

Matthew Bowman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=661pi6K-8WQ

For those who don't actually want to do the math themselves . . .

EAT THE RICH!
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Wayne Joseph Borean Sweden is a socialist country. No one forced them.

As to education - a while back a Korean company that I used to deal with bought a plant in Wales. When I asked one of the North American managers why they did that, he responded that the locals were better educated and trained then the workers in Korea, and it was less expensive to operate the plant because the workforce was healthy (government run medical system), and the company didn't have buy expensive health insurance, because the government run system was far less costly.

Sorry, can't tell you who it was - I'm still covered by a bunch of non-disclosure agreements.
August 24, 2012 at 3:25pm via mobile • Like •

David Burkhead "as to education" But we're not talking about education. We're talking about "educational programming." The claim was that "educational programming" paid off down the road.

"government run system was far less costly" Lot's of things are less costly when you get someone _else_ to pay for them. August 24, 2012 at 3:40pm • Like •

Matthew Bowman And a lot of things are better when you start from a lower standard. Have you BEEN to South Korea? This is a country that puts warning labels on electric fans because the populace believes if you run them in a closed room it will somehow eat up all the oxygen.

My sister is from South Korea (adopted) and has zero desire to go back. They've got a few really modern-looking spots and that's about it. Pretty country, fascinating cultural heritage, really low down on the totem pole of education and industry. When you're at a fifth-grade education level and have twenty bucks to your name, almost everyone seems smarter and richer.

Also, regarding Sweden: notice how many people are flocking to Sweden? And how many people are leaving -- or never getting born? August 24, 2012 at 3:49pm • Like •

James Bell • Friends with John Ringo and 4 others He is right tho, there are around 50% of US adults who in the end pay no taxes and yet still get benefits. August 24, 2012 at 5:45pm via mobile • Like •

Wayne Joseph Borean Education is partly about attitude. Sesame Street and other educational programs teach that attitude.

There are a lot of people who think education is worthless. A lot of them are uneducated. August 24, 2012 at 8:53pm via mobile • Like •

Matthew Bowman A lot of people think Sesame Street is educational. A lot of them don't actually watch it.

I remember a very large swath of educational programs when I was a child. I see almost nothing today to even match what I enjoyed and learned from. Sesame Street wasn't one of those. Oh, I watched it; but for entertainment, not education. And even then, there were better things on TV.

But the purpose here isn't to debate Sesame Street's worthiness, is it? Simply whether it might survive a funding cut for PBS. Which, of course, it would. Whatever my opinion of the show, it has full financial viability. August 24, 2012 at 8:58pm • Like •

David Burkhead And you continue to make suppositions. I asked if you had _evidence_ to back up the claim that "they pay off by improving the earning power of kids that watch them." Evidence. Repeatedly asserting that they accomplish something is not evidence.

Look, maybe you're right. Maybe "educational TV" is the best thing since sliced bacon. But if folk want _my_ tax dollars to "support" it (even leaving aside that Sesame Street is self supporting and does _not_ rely on government dollars, despite what the image above claims), I want actual evidence that that's the case and not just supposition and assertions.

That's particularly the case when another program designed to aid young children with learning, this one actually paid with tax dollars--Head Start--has been demonstrated most clearly not to work. By third grade children who have been through Head Start are indistinguishable from children from similar backgrounds who did not go through it. It has no lasting effect at all. (But just try cancelling it and watch the screams. "It's for the children!" They say. "How can you be so heartless!" They say. The fact that it doesn't actually _do_ anything to help the children doesn't seem to matter.)

So I want evidence, not just nice sounding claims. August 24, 2012 at 9:01pm • Like •

Wayne Joseph Borean There is evidence, but to a certain extent what it shows is that a lot of American "educational" programming is garbage. Did you know that "Little House on the Prairie" is considered educational?

http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/learn/educational_tv
Children Now—Children’s Educational TV
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ChildrenNow is a national organization for people who care about children and want to ensure that they are the top public priority. August 24, 2012 at 9:22pm via mobile • Like • Remove Preview •
Wayne Joseph Borean And this:
http://www.education.com/reference/article/studies-support-benefits-educational-tv/
Studies Support Benefits of Educational TV for Reading | Education.com
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Recent research has shown that educational programs, including Sesame Street can help to boost reading scores for early readers. August 24, 2012 at 9:25pm via mobile • Like • Remove Preview •

David Burkhead Sure, and Head Start helps a bit in first and second grade too. But by Third Grade the difference vanishes. The claim was "earning power" (and therefore what they end up paying in taxes). Still waiting for evidence of what you actually claimed. August 24, 2012 at 9:31pm • Like •

MockingBird TheWizard • Friends with Leo Champion grover doesn't actually support obama, he was a bit nervous after seeing predator drones flying overhead right after he was "requested" to do the Ad. Because, y'know, the bombs Obama built can be used without congressional approval or court order. August 25, 2012 at 2:01pm • Like • 3 •

Wayne Joseph Borean David, I'd really have to get my wife involved to explain in detail, she's the education specialist. According to her if it is done right (which means The Learning Channel does not count), it can make a huge difference.

Thing you have to remember is that Hellions are different. We have the urge and intelligence to learn on our own. Most people don't.

Another issue is the Educational system of the country. Most Canadian companies I know avoid hiring Americans, because they have to be retrained. As a traveling salesman I spent a lot of time in the Continental states. Americans a not stupid, but they are badly under-educated compared to Canadians on average. The Brits are bad too, except the upper class types.

Basically you need a holistic solution, and most countries (including Canada) are not willing to spend the money to get it. August 25, 2012 at 8:18pm via mobile • Like •

Nora MacFie • Friends with Johan Ahrgren and 3 others @Wayne: Just a quick response about Canada as opposed to America in education. One of my son's classmates last year moved here from Canada and the standards had been so low in Kindergarten that he's having to repeat first grade here in Southern California. August 28, 2012 at 11:02pm • Like • 1 •

Brad Torgersen Late to the thread. It's a shame Obama doesn't have a positive record to run on. However, since Obama's record is terrible, we have distractions. Distractions, distractions, distractions. Trillion dollar deficits? No, wait, Romney wants to cook Big Bird in the oven for Thankgsiving! I say, pass the salt and the gravy boat, brother. October 26, 2012 at 5:35pm • Like • 1

Then there was a spin-off thread over on Larry's timeline:

Larry Correia-Holy crap... I've got tears in my eyes from laughing. Everybody needs to go read David Burkhead's FB post about Mitt Romney canceling Sesame Street. I'm rewriting the Expendables with Cookie Monster.
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Shirley Sissy Moen Lok!
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am via mobile · Like · 1

Joshua Hill read it, loved it.
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am · Like · 1

Shirley Sissy Moen I mean lol!
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am via mobile · Like · 1

Antonio Jones Read it lol.
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am · Like · 1

Lin Wicklund I was reading that and I think I hurt myself
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am · Like · 2

Lin Wicklund I'd threaten to sue, but I know you'd send Cookie Monster after me!
August 23, 2012 at 11:10am · Like · 3

Larry Correia Okay, this calls for a new episode of Tom Stranger. I am totally rewriting the Expendables starring Cookie Monster.
August 23, 2012 at 11:12am · Like · 11

G.h. Metz I'm laughing so hard my head is going to explode... laughing with a head cold is PAINFUL. *goes to read it again*
August 23, 2012 at 11:13am · Like · 2

Ryan Horst It's a good thing there were no customers in the gun shop these last five minutes, because I've been laughing my ass off! LOL
August 23, 2012 at 11:16am · Like · 3

Oz-Aaron Ozminski You have a "children's" book in your future.
August 23, 2012 at 11:16am · Like · 4

Jason Ritner That is one of the funniest damn things I've read in quite a while. My co-workers are staring at my cubicle...
August 23, 2012 at 11:23am via mobile · Like · 2

Nora MacFie I just read that thread and it's hilarious. Cookie Monster will never look the same to me again. He's sexier. A lot sexier.
August 23, 2012 at 11:26am · Like · 2

Travis Beck Remember that crazy Latina demo chick? You never knew what she would pull out of that rucksack. She was practically psychic. One time she planted a charge at the base of a minaret and we're all like, WTF? Later, though when we started taking fire from that position she just squeezed the clacker and whispered, "Sniper no sniping!"
August 23, 2012 at 11:27am via mobile · Like · 12

Ryan Horst Wait a minute, Travis... aren't they making a movie about her?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnpTcrtsN
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Kurt Schneider Remember Sadr City? When the Count told Charlie-Mike that the tango had a cookie inside him? I thought they'd never get the stains out of his fur... And his eyes, crazy as always, bobbling around as he made that godawful 'Nom nom nom' sound. But sure as stuffing, the other guy started talking. The Count was one hard-assed CO.
August 23, 2012 at 11:37am · Like · 5

Travis Beck Ryan, it will never be more unbelievable than the truth. This cartel leader, Chico Jorge, he really likes to hurt people, likes to make them cry. But his karma caught up with him when Dora the Exploder got into town!
August 23, 2012 at 11:40am via mobile · Like
Anthony Sadowski Bad Larry bad I just about squirted redbull thru my nose
August 23, 2012 at 11:41am via mobile · Like

Steve Weinberg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-A5_kT5m
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Travis Beck Kurt, that's when we started keeping the kid out of the interrogation room. Every time the Count would ask a prisoner a question he'd shout out, "Elmo knows! Elmo Knows!"
August 23, 2012 at 11:52am via mobile · Like · 2

Branden Draper It was great! I also like the way you shut down Michael.
August 23, 2012 at 11:54am via mobile · Like

Travis Beck The Count is hardcore! Even Oscar learned to never let him get all the way to five. One thing I never understood about Oscar; why did we have a tank commander in an infantry outfit?
August 23, 2012 at 11:58am via mobile · Like · 2

Patrick Mathews Yah! More Tom Stranger
August 23, 2012 at 12:02pm · Like

Kurt Schneider Oscar? There was one sneaky little bugger. You'd be stuck behind some Afghan hoopty, taking rounds from an alley up the street, when a green flash erupts from that trash can you thought was too filthy to be an IED, and there's nothing but silence and your own ragged breathing. Haji didn't even have time to scream. Screw his attitude, that filthy green bugger saved my sorry ass more times than I can count.
August 23, 2012 at 12:04pm · Like · 2

Larry Correia To Oscar. I hope he's enjoying his garbage can in the sky.
August 23, 2012 at 12:05pm · Like · 4

Travis Beck Kurt, did you ever share a tent with him? Faugh!
August 23, 2012 at 12:05pm via mobile · Like · 1

Kurt Schneider No, dude. Didn't you see how I was the guy holding the hat we pulled names out of?

To Oscar. All we found were bits of galvanized steel and one black eyebrow.
August 23, 2012 at 12:06pm · Like · 1

Anthony Sadowski Larry what was the name of the counter sniper team? Everyone called them B and E i think it was Bernie and Ernie or something all I know was those 2 did everything together :I mean they had to have their beds side by side. And that song Ernie sang every time he took a shot " Rubber duckie your the one". I swear he took that duck every where even on missions
August 23, 2012 at 12:09pm via mobile • Like

Larry Correia Bert and Ernie. Good guys. Though don't ask, don't tell.
August 23, 2012 at 12:12pm • Like • 5

Travis Beck B&E were damned good infiltrators!
August 23, 2012 at 12:12pm via mobile • Like

Nick Gardner A couple of real back-door experts.
August 23, 2012 at 12:15pm via mobile • Like • 2

Travis Beck Kurt, I really thought Oscar was gonna take out that bunker until that Kiowa gunship showed up. I never thought he'd buy it from Little Bird friendly fire.
August 23, 2012 at 12:16pm via mobile • Like • 1

Chris Smith In surprised you guys don't remember Col Big. Everyone thought he was crazy, talking about some big hairy dude that no one every saw.
August 23, 2012 at 12:18pm via mobile • Like

Travis Beck Chris, I'll just say this up front, Colonel Big was yellow through and through. His name was struck from the rolls. Don't believe that Bravo Sierra about a section eight discharge.
August 23, 2012 at 12:22pm via mobile • Unlike • 3

Anthony Sadowski Hey was anyone near the port of basrha? And that crazy amphib wetwork type Kermit I swear I get a shiver every time I hear someone say hideeho. I dont know what he did to the insurgents after he said "hideeho its Kermit the frogman". But damn if you said hideeho to a local you got mad respect.
August 23, 2012 at 12:32pm via mobile • Like • 1
Travis Beck Last I heard Kermit was running a heroin smuggling ring from Helmand to South Beach. Called it the rainbow connection or some damn thing like that. Still with that fat hooker he found in Manila.
August 23, 2012 at 12:35pm via mobile • Like • 6

Travis Beck Whatever happened to that giant SEAL with the white hair? What did we call him? The Swedish Chief!
August 23, 2012 at 12:43pm via mobile • Like

Nick Gardner Did anyone ever bag that IED expert? They never knew his real name, his code name was Crazy Harry
August 23, 2012 at 12:44pm via mobile • Unlike • 2

Travis Beck And that hairy M-60 gunner, Fuzzy. I got really tired of hearing "Dakka Dakka" as a punch line but he could lay down a beaten zone like nobody's business!
August 23, 2012 at 12:46pm via mobile • Unlike • 1

Anthony Sadowski Trav it was Fozzie and damn he could make a 60 sing
August 23, 2012 at 12:48pm via mobile • Like • 2

Kurt Schneider "This is rich." - Tom Servo
August 23, 2012 at 12:52pm via mobile • Like • 1

Bradley Lydon well worth the time, read about the hard core full on killer that is the cookie monster. William Jesse Hogue, Lance Fabian, Andrew Rose, Kevin Robertson
August 23, 2012 at 1:01pm • Like • 1

Chris Smith Scariest guy i ever worked with was a chemical engineer. Benson. Didn't look like much, big glasses, bald, happy go lucky demeanor. Always wore a lab coat.

We were undercover in Mexico, gathering Intel on the cartels, when word came down that the Big Guys would be meeting at a bar in Guadalajara.

We got there early, set up in an abandoned building across the street, and settled in to wait. Benson got up, walked out if the room, and came back ten minutes later. Never saw where he went, or what he did. Didn't think much of it.

The Cartel guys filtered in over the next hour, quietly, a few bodyguards
each. The place still had a good crowd.

The whole time we watched, Benson just sat there grinning, occasionally breaking the silence with a giggle, like he was hearing jokes no one else could. I thought the pressure and boredom was getting to him.

Then the ambulances showed up, and the bodies started coming out, draped with sheets. Every cartel boss, every bodyguard, stone dead. Not one other person affected.

And Benson, smiling wider and laughing harder with each gurney.
August 23, 2012 at 1:14pm via mobile • Like • 3

Brad Torgersen Larry, you're on a roll, sir.
August 23, 2012 at 1:15pm • Like

Kurt Schneider Y'all ever chat with Sgt Hooper in supply? That old coot's been everywhere; ask him about the night he smuggled a dozen hookers into in Phuc Hu on a deuce and a half. I think I still owe him a hand receipt for some TA-50.
August 23, 2012 at 1:31pm via mobile • Like

Richard Partain Snuffalufagus: the ultimate commando.
August 23, 2012 at 1:48pm via mobile • Like

Steve Weinberg I thought Hooper was an LT? Didn't he insist on being called MISTER Hooper?
August 23, 2012 at 1:53pm • Like

Sean Newton Then there was the succession of crazy guys, all of them called Beaker. Never take one of them with you on a quiet mission, because they're always letting out whimpers and freaking out about every little thing. Then again, with the stuff Bunsen kept feeding them I can understand why, they were freakin' berserkers. Whatever it is, it turned their hair bright red after a week. They'd run down the street taking fire and not even feel it, they didn't care about getting hit. They were like crazed zombies on PCP. I saw one finish out a mission with his jaw blown off before he dropped, and all it did was change the "mememememe" noise to this sorta wet clicking sound.
Kirk Pfau I remember the time a marine kc-130 was going to deliver A.D. a bunch of care packages in the 'stan. The After action report determined an unfortunate wind shift, and weak 10K tie down chain being used to restrain CM during transport resulted in a near total loss of the aircraft(Class A Mishap), a total loss of the care packages, and some poor bast*** loadmaster that was finishing tying down the load will never walk the same again.
August 23, 2012 at 3:39pm • Like

Kurt Schneider Steve - Hooper was just a sergeant. He always used to tell the cherries he was an LT. Did he ever ask you to get him range fans or flight line?
August 23, 2012 at 3:47pm via mobile • Like

Peter Nealen Anybody ever run into that really weird, hook-nosed guy? I ran into him out by the Syrian border. Most everybody just called him G. Just listening to him you could tell he wasn't right. We were looking for this guy Abdul al-Rukh al-Barhuk al-Falemkh. We figured he'd be easy to find, since he was supposed to have red hair, one arm, one leg, and one eye. How many red-haired, one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed Iraqis could there be? But the guy was a freakin' ghost. Drifted across the Syrian border, did his work, and disappeared, just leaving bodies. We were stumped. Then this guy G showed up. Somebody said G stood for Gonzo, cause he was nuts. Crazy b_____d just left the wire one day, went into the local market and disappeared. Showed up two days later looking like he'd been tortured, laughing ecstatically and holding al-Falemkh's head. He'd gotten himself kidnapped just to get the target.
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Bill Sayre Of course, everyone just forgets about Cookie's bout with PTSD... My God, what he did to those poor Girl Scouts who knocked on his door. A box of Thin Mints and Tagalongs shouldn't have been a death sentence, man...
August 24, 2012 at 2:09am • Like • 2

Sean Newton Then there was that pair of old snipers, Waldorf and Statler. Never knew how those old guys managed to get where they did, but they always managed to have a perfect line of fire on the tangos. Most of the time a team is a sniper and a spotter, but these guys were sniper and sniper, spotting for each other with their rifle scopes and just generally tearing up everything. I remember early on, when they were still hauling big truck loads of insurgents with rifles, they spotted one coming down a surface street. One of them opened fire, then the other. They just kept going, walking their fire down the line and picking off guys on the truck until they finally took the driver. It must have looked like Saving Private Ryan's beach scene to those poor devils. Half of the bodies lay in the street where they'd fallen off the truck, and the other half were just a pile in the back of the truck.
August 24, 2012 at 2:18am • Unlike • 1

David Selby Pretty crazy although I don't agree with Burkhead's opinion. I think it's a freaking good idea to turn cookie monster into a bad ass. Maybe in a mhi book ? hahaha
So, there it is, the Great Cookie Monster Thread.  Hope you enjoyed it even half as much as I did.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Feeding the Active Writer

I don't have time to cook every day.  That's part of what "The Active Writer" bit is all about, things I can cook ahead with minimal fuss (mostly) and eat on all week.

What often happens when I have roasts, whether a pork loin cooked in the oven or a slow cooker potroast is that by the end of the week what's left is rather dry and bland and not appetizing at all.  So I'll take what's left, wrap it in foil, and toss it in the deep freezer.  There it waits as emergency food or until enough accumulates that I've got to do something with it.

And so that brings us to today's recipe:

Barbecue leftover pot.

Ingredients

4-5 lbs of leftover cooked meat.  Beef, Pork, Chicken, doesn't matter what really

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp finely minced garlic (I buy it in jars pre-minced so I don't know how many cloves that would come to--I like garlic).
12 oz tomato paste

2 12 oz cans tomato sauce.
1 12 oz can diet cola 

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar-free catsup

2 Tbsp mustard.
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp hot sauce (or to taste.  I use
Cholula original because their Chili Garlic is no longer available--did I mention I like garlic?
1/4-1/2 cup Splenda or equivalent (to taste)

Add the meat to a 4-5 quart slow cooker
In a medium mixing bowl combine the other ingredients except the Splenda.  Pour it over the meat.
Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
Stir, the Spenda into the pot.  The meat should shred nicely.  I recommend you add the sweetener bit by bit, tasting at intervals until you find how sweet you like your barbecue.

The sauce replaces the liquid in the dried out meat.  The acid in the vinegar helps break up the muscle fibers so the meat separates and the sauce can get into it.

Serve with vegetables or make a wrap with low-carb tortillas.

Yummy.
 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Goth rules for dating my daughter

Athena starts middle school Monday.  Not quite "dating age" but getting closer.  So, here's a blast from the past from my old LJ account:
  1.  Goths embrace pain and suffering.  Hurt my daughter and I will embrace yours.
  2.  Tears are nothing to be ashamed of.  Make my daughter cry and I will demonstrate this by making you cry.
  3.  While black is always in fashion, pants hanging around your knees are not.  If you insist on this fashion faux-pas I will use my staple gun to give you a nice set of piercings to hold up your trousers.
  4.  I hang out in graveyards for fun.  Think about it.
  5.  Goths flirt with death all the time.  Touch my daughter inappropriately and I will flirt with yours.
  6.  I know every dark, secluded spot in the city where no one could hear someone scream in agony until their voice is gone.
  7.  Black doesn't show bloodstains.
  8.  I have a fascination with psychopaths.  Some of my best friends are psychopaths.
  9.  Most of my best friends are psychopaths.
  10.  Aw, hell, all of my best friends are psychopaths.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Feeding the Active Writer

Time for another low-carb sweet. (What can I say, I have a major sweet tooth but...diabetes so...)

Coconut cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting.

The cupcakes:


Ingredients:
1 cup flax seed meal.
1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 cup powdered sucralose (Splenda or equivelant)
1 tbsp baking powder
3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tbs coconut extract
1/4-1/2 cup water.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 C)
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Add the eggs, oil, and coconut extract.  Mix well.
Add enough water to make a thick batter, usually about 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

Thoroughly coat a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Fill the cups about 2/3-3/4 full with the cupcake batter (about 12)
Bake 12-15 minutes.
Remove and let cool before removing from the pan.

The frosting:

Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cups powdered sucralose
1 cup shredded coconut.
optional: 1 tsp coconut extract.
Optional:  food coloring to desired color.

Using a pastry blender, combine the cream cheese and butter.
Add the sucralose and coconut.  For a bit stronger coconut taste add coconut extract
Optionally add food coloring
Continue blending until well mixed.
 Top the cupcakes with a generous helping of the frosting.  A more attractive presentation can be had by piping the frosting onto the cupcakes.

Makes 12.

Yes.  I've already eaten three.


I've had this with both the extra coconut extract and without.  I can't say that I like one better than the other.  Each suits a mood.  Sometimes I'd want the stronger coconut taste.  Other times not so much.

Enjoy.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

On This July 4th

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Feeding the Active Writer

I use a lot of spices and seasonings in my cooking.  I find that as I get older stronger flavors appeal to me more.  Still, sometimes I like a fairly basic dish where the flavors of the base ingredients stand on their own.  So here's a dish for that:

Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms.

4-5 lb boneless skinless chicken.
1 Tbsp xanthum gum
1 cup chopped onion
2 cup heavy cream
16 oz chopped mushrooms (I use "mini-bellas")

Place the chicken in a 4-5 quart slow cooker.  As you're adding it, sprinkle the xanthum gum over it.
Add the chopped onion on top of the chicken.
Cook about 8 hours on low.
Turn off the slow cooker.
While the contents are still hot, stir in the heavy cream and mushrooms.  The chicken should break up while stirring.
The residual heat will cook the mushrooms.
Serve warm or portion and freeze for later use.

Note that this makes a pretty big batch as I generally make a week or more's worth of these things.  You can probably cut the recipe in half without problems, just cut the cooking time by an hour or two.

While enjoying the above recipe, you may also enjoy my story "The Spaewife":