Archive for December, 2007

A Nest of Vipers –

29 December 07

Hollywood exemplifies the thought process of the modern liberal. An excellent example is found in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. On the whole, I rather enjoy the movie. But, the central fact that there are no decent Christians portrayed is revealing. The Bishop is despicable, Friar Tuck is a drunken bigot, and the remaining Christians don’t have a clue. The only decent character is the Morgan Freeman Moslem. In an exchange in one of the earlier scenes, something is mentioned about women and Robin Hood says something off the wall and the Morgan Freeman character insists that “We talk to our women”. Really? Since when? A woman is of less value than a camel.

Mohammed was a pedophile and child molester. He was a murderer and rapist and a racial bigot. And the liberals want to spit on Christians and hold up Moslems as examples of how to relate to women? A woman, by the way, is worth half the value of a man in Islam. No matter how wonderful, educated, wealthy, or whatever – the woman is only worth half what the most worthless man in the world is worth.

Narrated ‘Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death). Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64: Sahih Bukhari [the most venerated and authentic Islamic source]

Mohammed, at 50, became engaged to a six year old child. Her had sex with her when she was nine. The only reason that he waited was that she contracted some disease that made her hair fall out. That is child abuse and pedophilia any way you cut it. Oh yeah, the usual liberal excuse is that well, golly gee, customs differ in other places and times.

Let’s see what a current Moslem “Holy Man” has to say. This is Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Yeah, that’s the same “Holy Leader” that the Iranian “students” that took over the American embassy in Iran still look to as the greatest “Holy Man” since the pervert Mohammed.

“A man can quench his sexual lusts with a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate. Sodomizing the baby is halal (allowed by sharia). If the man penetrates and damages the child, then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however, does not count as one of his four permanent wives. The man will not be eligible to marry the girl’s sister. It is better for a girl to marry when her menstruation starts, and at her husband’s house rather than her father’s home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.”Khomeini, “Tahrirolvasyleh” fourth volume, Darol Elm, Gom, Iran, 1990

The way to heaven is to submit your daughter to molestation at first menses? When he forbids penetration, he is only talking about vaginal, after all, to lose the hymen reduces the female’s value. Buggery (anal sex) of babies is perfectly good and moral conduct. And liberals think that living under sharia law is ok?

Notice that this blessing for child abuse only holds for the worthless female babies. The boys are sacred and protected. Homosexuality is not allowed under Sharia law. Remember that the “peace loving” creep that leads Iran said that Iran had no homosexuals like we do in this country. Boys cannot marry until the ripe old age of 15. Girls at 9. Feminists – where is your cry for equal treatment?

Mohammed also forced his son to divorce his wife so that Mohammed could marry his daughter-in-law. Good, moral behavior according to the Moslems.

In the Toronto, Canada, suburb of Mississauga, a Moslem father strangled his 16 year old daughter because she did not wish to wear the headscarf. This man is regarded as a hero by Moslems because he murdered his own child.

A seven year old girl is raped by her uncle and her father cuts her head off to protect his honor? I would kill the uncle, and comfort the daughter, but these animals blame the worthless female child for getting raped.

Even a casual search of the net will turn up thousands of examples of Moslem brutality and excess.

When a Christian commits a crime, he is acting as a sinful individual outside the Church and his conduct will be condemned by fellow Christians. There is no way to justify barbarous conduct under Christianity. This is not true of Islam. The most horrific acts, such as murder of your own daughter, child molestation, rape, and slavery are regarded as holy acts and the perpetrator will be lauded.

Now the question that comes to mind is why do Hollywood and the liberals want to honor these people? Why do the Democrats in the House and Senate want to honor Moslem holidays and spit on Christian holidays? (The nine Dems who voted no for Christmas voted yes for Ramadan). Why do the feminazis not condemn Islam? What is the liberal rationale for hating Christians and insisting that we not have any public displays of Christianity and yet want to honor these foul perverts?

I suppose that I will be called radical and terrible and all such things for what I am about to say, if not for what I’ve already said. I would ban any Moslem immigration to the West. We are asking for trouble. The liberals in Los Angeles raised mortal hell when the police wanted to map Moslem neighborhoods to predict where trouble would erupt. Ask the French or the Brits who causes them the most trouble. Every time something upsets these murderous perverts they riot and destroy property and kill someone. There is no place in the America I grew up in for such heinous behavior. If we do not eliminate these creatures of evil from our midst, they will surely poison us. We need to understand that they do not live and let live. They live to dominate and kill. We are in a war to the finish. We did not start it. We do not want it. But it only takes one to hate and murder. We either defend or die.

The Germans were pikers. Hitler and company got somewhere around 13 to 15 million. The Moslem score is around 270 million. And they want more deaths and misery. You liberals are so busy hating your own people and your own countries that you are overlooking the people that will destroy you and all you stand for.

“Talk to our women”. What pathetic and contemptible bullshit.

Whether one regards Christ as God or not, one cannot fault Him on moral grounds without telling lies. The lib practice of lumping all religion together and considering them as equal is stupid. One can make a good case for most of the major religions being fairly good moral guides, even if one does not follow the beliefs. This cannot be said of Islam. The tenets of Buddhism are clearly good moral teachings. Confucianism and Daoism are decent moral guides. If a Christian follows the moral tenets of the Bible there is no room for hatred. This does not mean that individuals cannot be blind and perverted, but there is no backing for it. Islam is not on the same moral plane when the founder is a murdering pervert and murder, rape, slavery, and child abuse are considered good and moral conduct. The sad thing is that the libs never get the facts straight.

I do not object to Buddhists immigrating to this country. I do not object to them practicing their Buddhism. I do object to Moslems and would not allow them in if I had any choice. Our children will regret that we ever allowed them in at all. This is not to say that I would not allow Middle Eastern people who rejected Islam in. I would not allow any Mosques to be built under any circumstances, for in the Mosques hatred is taught.

Anyone who thinks that I have exaggerated about Mohammed or Islam should check the facts for themselves. The facts are as I have stated them. Indeed, the facts about these psychotic killers are ever worse. Check them out before you condemn me as a bigot. This is not hate speech. This is true. Check it out before you get wrapped around the axle.

I should point out that humans, contrary critters that we are, do not always follow the tenets of their religions. While Christianity is about love and redemption, individual Christians may commit horrible acts, sometimes even twisting the facts of Christianity to suite their own perversions. Likewise, although Islam is full of hatred, perversion, domination and evil, individual Moslems are frequently good people who act in a morally correct fashion. There have been and are Moslems who act far more morally correctly than many Christians. Nonetheless, the fundamental natures of the religions are as stated.

Herself sez: I’m sure my Ol’ Curmudgeon will get some death threats because of this one! But I double-checked the references and researched them myself – his facts seem to be straight. I had done a good bit of Islamic research on my own a while back and concluded that Islam “ain’t our friend.”


On Butter –

27 December 07

The Hatter was the first to break the silence. ‘What day of the month is it?” he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear. Alice considered a little, and then said “The fourth.” “Two days wrong!” sighed the Hatter. “I told you butter wouldn’t suit the works!” he added looking angrily at the March Hare. “It was the best butter,” the March Hare meekly replied. “Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,” the Hatter grumbled: “you shouldn’t have put it in with the bread-knife.” The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, “It was the best butter, you know.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

In cooking we definitely want the best butter. So what is the best butter? We need to define our purposes. There are two general types of butter, salted and unsalted. Generally, just use whichever tastes best to you. Specifically, for baking, only use unsalted butter. Now wait a blasted minute (you say to yourself) – I like salted butter, so why use unsalted? Well, for baking we must control all the ingredients most carefully. If you use salted butter you do not have total control over the amount of salt in the mix – and that is why you want to use the unsalted.

Now then – brands and such. Well, well, I suppose that depends on where you are. Land O’ Lakes is about the best national brand that we have around here. And it is quite good. You may be able to get something better where you live and shop. We can get some European butter – Plugra or some such. Also very good stuff. But check around. If there is a local farmer that makes his own you might want to try that.

I seem to remember back when I was a kid and got butter from a friend’s farm that it was miles better than what we get now. Of course that might be young taste buds and memory versus the aged and decrepit set of buds I have now. I suppose I will have to tell you about farm work and slaughtering and all the stuff that is pretty much dead and gone now. Well – let’s just leave that for another day.

Sweet and Tangy Tuna –

25 December 07

This is so easy and so good. First, get some really NICE tuna steaks; sushi grade is best. It’s a very good thing that tuna is heart friendly, since you may be tempted to have heart failure at the price of good tuna. You want about ½ lb to ¾ lb per person.

Per serving (multiply x the number of servings):

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup honey

1 Tbs wasabi powder

Mix up the ingredients thoroughly. It works best if you use a cooking fork and whip energetically and thoroughly. The honey will combine nicely and not separate out if you get it completely mixed.

Herself Sez: The Ol’ Curmudgeon is actually talking about a Granny Fork. There is also a longer-handled Granny Fork that may be easier for others to use, or may work better with a deeper bowl. Myself, with my arthritis, I prefer the large handle of the Oxo Cooking Fork.

At any rate, it’s a 3-tined fork, and the tines are sharp. It works very well for numerous tasks in the kitchen.

Put the tuna steaks and half the mix into a plastic freezer bag and suck all the air out. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a minimum 2 hours. Turn after each hour so that the tuna gets well marinated.

For cooking, lube up a good skillet – preferably cast iron – with olive oil or whatever lube makes you happy. Coat the steaks with sesame seeds and pat in firmly. When the skillet is ready cook the tuna about 90 seconds per side. If you have not been able to cook the tuna within a day or two just add a bit more time, up to 3 minutes per side if the tuna is a couple of days old. Yes, it should be very rare in the middle – don’t overcook it.

Serve with the reserved sauce for dipping. Wonderfully tart and sweet with just a bit of a bite from the wasabi powder.

Meditation on Bread –

22 December 07

My very best friend growing up was baker for a commune back in the day. Hippiness was her refuge from the world at the time. (In another age, she would have gone to a monastery). Anyway, she turned into a really good baker with a fundamental feeling for what could and could not be done with bread. To this day she is one of those bakers that takes about this much of this, a handful of that, a pinch of the other, whatever she has on hand and feels like doing at the time. That is not the way I function at all, for baking, anyway. Very precise measurement with a digital scale is my way. But you know – we both get good bread at the far end of the process. (Much as I love her – we would probably kill each other if we tried to function in the same kitchen).

God has blessed us with several things that function by fermentation: booze, of course; cheese is fermented milk product; and let us not forget that the bread rising is a result of fermentation. And yes, there is even some alcohol (not much) in the dough before we cook it. That contributes to the flavor at the end. You can encourage the booze qualities of sourdough to the point of getting something to drink. It is pretty nasty, lethal stuff and is called hooch. In the days of the Alaskan frontier the Hoochinoo Indians got very fond of the stuff after learning sourdough technology from the gold miners and fur trappers, or so the story goes. Anyway, while you can encourage and grow the stuff fairly easily, you really don’t want to drink it. Rather vile and it will put your lights out.

There are tons of references to bread in the Scriptures. Even more if you use the full Old Testament (Septuagint) of the Eastern Church. There was, and probably still is for the sillier literalists, some warping out over whether bread should be leavened or unleavened. I leave minutia to those who get some kind of kick from it. Back to the main topic. Bread is important stuff.

In this time and place (USA, 21st century), bread is so commonplace that we don’t give it a second thought. We do not think about the millions of acres in grain cultivation, the massive labor of harvest, the transportation to the mills, processing, packaging, transport to huge bakeries, preparation, packaging, transportation to grocery. We eventually get this stuff and casually make a sandwich, or some toast, or whatever. Granted that, for the most part, this factory bread is not nearly as tasty as good homemade, it is better than bad homemade.

Firstly, growing the wheat. It used to be that what grew locally was about all you could get. The grain of the region dictated the baking of the region. Just in this country, the breads of the Northern European countries could pretty well be duplicated in the Northern part of the USA. Good hard wheat would grow quite nicely in the colder Northern US. The North (Yankees to the educated) was known for the excellence of the bread which the Northern bakers (home or otherwise) could produce. The South was a whole different proposition for many reasons. The first reason is that hard wheat will not grow in the Southern States. What we get is soft wheat. There is less moisture, protein, and gluten in Southern wheat. Not really good for bread. But killer for pie crusts, biscuits and so forth. The rural nature of the South also made central bakeries impractical. What the Southerner came to regard as normal for meals was cornbread. Wheat flour was used mostly for the coating for deep frying, pies, and biscuits. Hoe cakes and johnny cakes were made from cornmeal. It may be a chicken or egg discussion, but there is some thought that many of the Southern recipes were of African inspiration. I don’t necessarily thinks that the African connection is direct. Certainly the black cooks in the South brought great contributions to the table. I tend to think that what became Southern cooking in the 1800s to early 1900s was an amalgamation of all of the immigrant traditions: English, Irish, Scots, African, French and the rest all lumped together and dictated ultimately by the materials available. Oh yeah, back to the growing. The hard wheat that feeds the world is grown from the central US up to Northern Canada. What!, you exclaim. How on earth can they grow wheat in that rotten a climate? Well, it’s like this: They plant in the late Summer before the freeze and it spends the winter resting. When the Spring thaw hits it grows again and with all the Northern light it grows like gangbusters so that it can be harvested before the brief warm spell is over. Just in time to get the ground prepped for the next planting cycle. You have to remember how huge Northern Canada is. Feeds a lot of people, it does.

Transport: In the days before the transportation revolution it was impractical to expect to get grain from Northern Canada to mills hundreds or thousands of miles away. We routinely ship things thousands of miles as necessary, so it is no big deal to get grain to a mill. We still want to minimize the expense of transport as much as possible, but with rail available it is easy to route huge amounts of grain to the location desired.

The home baker can break the chain at this point, if desired. There is no reason why anyone with an internet connection cannot get delivery of any raw grain wherever desired. Many of the home bakers like to mill their own grain. Home milling equipment is available and affordable. The internet is one huge mall of everything in the world for sale. The thing is that if the home baker desires to grind his own, the tools and information are readily available. Any grain desired can be acquired. We now have advantages that no previous generation could have envisioned, much less realized.

Flour: High quality flour for any common task is usually as near as the grocery. For uncommon tasks, once again, the internet to the rescue. We also have to be careful what we consider high quality. For bread, generally the richer the flour, the better the bread. King Arthur flour is the best I know of for bread. This is not true for pies or biscuits or cakes. Bread flour is generally the highest in protein and gluten. Pie crusts, biscuits and the like are better served with a lower protein and gluten content. Southern flour like White Lily or Martha White will make much better pies and biscuits. Cakes get the tender crumb and little rise from very low protein and gluten. Even the Southern flours are too high to make good cakes. Then there is French bread. There is no American flour which can duplicate the handling characteristics and taste of French flour. (You can come pretty close with King Arthur unbleached A/P). Or true Irish coarse whole wheat, for Irish soda bread. The internet will serve for those who wish to get specialty flours which are not locally available. I will generally check the King Arthur website first, as they carry a good many specialty flours at quite reasonable price. I also double check the web in a general search, just to make sure that I can’t get better pricing somewhere else. Usually I can’t, but it doesn’t take that long to check.

The other thing that we on the consuming end of things don’t often think about is all the varieties of grain that have been developed within the last 50 years or so. We have cheap and readily available quantities and qualities of grain that our ancestors could only dream about. Modern grains are much heartier, more dependable, with tremendously greater production per acre. Amazing. There was an episode of the original Star Trek that I think everyone in Western civilization knows – “The Trouble with Tribbles”. Many may not remember that the centerpiece of the plot was not the Tribbles, but the new grain that was being threatened by the Klingons. Quadro-triticale. Triticale actually exists, a cross between wheat and rye. Contrary to Chekhov’s assertion, it wasn’t the Russians, it was the Scots and Swedes that did it. Anyway, point is that even TV Sci-fi writers can recognize the importance of grain in our lives.

Oh yeah, let’s not forget that the internet solution is actually a three part invention. We can find anything in the world on the net. We have to pay for it, and while too many people abuse plastic and get in over their heads, it really is a wonder that we can simply enter our credit card information for payment. Used to be a really big deal. Even 20 years ago, if you ordered something mail order, you had to send a check, which could take a couple of weeks to clear. Most places did not ship until they had the money in their hands. Last part of the equation is the shipping. With post, UPS, FedEx and the like just about anyone in the civilized world can get a shipment in a pretty short time. Truly amazing.

Another facet of the great time we live in is that there are so many books available on baking – thousands, in fact. We also have the ability to look up just about any recipe that ever was. Cool.

Ovens. It is true that our modern home ovens are not quite as good as the bakers masonry ovens used throughout most of our history. But. They are adequate and a good sight more convenient, just turn them on and let them warm up, cook, then turn them off.

Mixers. I could not bake any more if I had to mix and knead by hand. I’ve gotten too stiff and lost too much hand strength. But – with the power of my Kitchenaid Mixer, I can bake for many more years. The mixer does all the work.

Bread machines. I don’t like them or use them, but millions do. They work.

I’m quite sure that you can think of many more examples of the wonders of modern baking. We really do live in a golden age for bakers.

Tomatoes –

20 December 07

I like tomatoes. They are one of the friendlier and more cheerful fruits. Yeah, I know the Supreme Court said that they are vegetables, but hey, what do lawyers know about reality or food? They’re really berries anyway. This little package of goodness has nicely green leaves and stems, and nice green fruit that shades to whatever cheerful color it’s going to be, usually a pretty red. They feel good to the touch, nicely firm and smooth and warm. There is also a squishy sensuality to laying into them with a really sharp knife. First the firm skin depresses the least little bit. Then you start the slide with a light but firm stroke. The sharp blade suddenly bites and then there is this wet slide down to the cutting board. The slightly acid juices run onto your fingers with a slightly stingy kiss and then down onto the board, staining the wood delicately darker.

Growing the things can be instructive. You plant, you water, you worry – too much sun? – not enough? And they don’t grow. Damn. You try again. Same cycle. More damns and other such. You plant even more. Eventually you stop worrying and become totally fatalistic. Then, and only then, they start growing like weeds. You become intent again. They start blooming those little green buds. Now you can start worrying about insects, birds, whatever the vermin of your region might be. The green buds grow, but will they get big enough? Relax. The things will probably bear so much that you will beat your friends to death, trying to get them to “take just one more”. Now you can plant them in the yard, in a place that has good sun, but won’t bake them out in the strong afternoon. You can plant them in a pot. You can plant them in a window box. You can plant the smallest varieties in small pots and just set them in the window inside. If you want good tomatoes, you have to feed them. At least here in Georgia, red clay is not the greatest base. You dig up the soil. You fertilize. You do the whole routine. You want the best? Compost. Rotted manure. Turn that Georgia red clay into black topsoil. Or do square foot box planting and roll your own soil. They taste better. They grow better. They taste better (yeah’, it bears repeating). You can’t use ‘em all unless you learn how to can or have lots of friends.

Best tomatoes I ever saw came from a friend of mine’s father. This guy was one of those depression era types that was a compulsive truck gardener. And he was damn good. But – the best tomato he ever grew he didn’t plant or grow, exactly. What it was was serendipity. The guy had absentmindedly dumped some iron shavings from where he’d been threading iron pipe for his porch. He just dumped the filings into the compost heap he had by the side of his house. Of course, he’d also dumped all the kitchen odds and ends, grass clippings, etc. You guys know the drill. If it would compost, it went into the heap. And no, a good compost heap doesn’t smell bad. One of the kitchen scraps must have had some tomato seeds in it. Now this fella’ did not water or anything, but it was a fairly good year. So up pops this volunteer tomato thing. You couldn’t call it a vine. You wouldn’t call it a plant. This thing was a tomato tree. It must have been all of 8′ high, at least. And big around proportionately. It was absolutely humongous. If it had been an animal, it would have stomped Tokyo. With the biggest, tastiest tomatoes you have ever seen. Your hands could just barely hold these things. Poor guy tried to give them away, but couldn’t keep up. I’m surprised he didn’t drown in tomatoes.

Now that you’ve got them, you can do all kinds of things. You can slice them, a little salt, and enjoy. BTW – over easy or medium eggs and sliced tomatoes is a nice hot weather breakfast. You do want the eggs a bit runny. Get the yolk on the tomatoes. Wonderful. A little bit of good toast and you are really fixed up.

Or do a vinegar and oil soak. How? Equal parts decent vinegar – try apple vinegar – and Oil – try any good oil – I like Olive Oil (Greek preferred) Chop up a small onion into small pieces – nearly minced is good Salt – good kosher salt Pepper – Fresh ground Vary ingredients to taste. Try adding a little oregano. Try this and that. Add kitchen sink or whatever tickles your taster. Yeah, this is a kind of salad sort of thing. Let the tomatoes soak awhile, chill it in the refrigerator if you want, then spoon onto your plate and eat. Jim-dandy for hot weather. Side dish, main dish, whatever.

Herself Sez: Yes, Marinated Tomatoes are a thing of beauty and a joy forever! My favorite is a German-style marinated tomato recipe that I put together for one of our Rock-toberfests. Here it is: Marinated Tomatoes 8 Tomatoes; large, ripe (should be peeled and sliced) 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced (optional) 2 cups Vegetable oil (I used Olive oil – I just love Tassos brand!) 1 cup red wine vinegar (originally called for 1/2 c, but I like the tartness of the extra vinegar) 1/2 tsp Mustard; dry 2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Black pepper 2 Garlic; clove, large, minced (I used 3 cloves!) 2 Tbs Basil; fresh, chopped 4 Thyme; sprigs, fresh,chopped 2 Marjoram; fresh, sprig, chop (I didn’t have fresh, so I used 1 tbsp dried leaves)
2 Tbs Scallion; minced
Scald the tomatoes and peel, then slice thinly. Layer the tomato slices so they aren’t stacked, but are more overlapped. Alternate layers of cucumbers if using them. Mix the oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic, spices and minced scallion. Pour over the tomatoes. Chill for 1 – 24 hours before serving. (The longer the better) (PS – every one – including the toddlers – enjoyed these!)

Of course, you can chunk them and throw the chunks into soup, stew, salad, whatever floats your boat. You can star them and stuff them with a nice tuna salad. Hey, if you are going to get tuna, try some of the packed in olive oil kind

, like Genova Tuna. Damn sight tastier than that American tuna packed in no-flavor water.

You can also gut them out and stuff them with a rice and raisin and nut of some kind and whatever mix you like and bake till they turn golden brown on top. If you like bread crumbs in that sort of thing – go for it. You might want to try Japanese Panko bread shavings for a change of pace. Really good stuff.

Hey – speaking of the depression – have you ever tried depression tomatoes? This was what you could eat in desperation: Can of whole, chopped, or whatever tomatoes. But tomatoes, not sauce or paste. Water. A couple of pinches of sugar. A couple of pinches of salt. A couple of pinches of pepper. Whatever left-over bread you have – a bit stale is good. Hunk up the bread and put all the ingredients into a pot. Proportions to taste or availability. Heat until it simmers gently. Stir every now and then. Eat, enjoy. Not a balanced meal, but interesting. It is better with fresh tomatoes, but what I give you was eaten in many a Southern house during the depression. It was also something that the hunters could do in a camp.

There is a good tradition behind using this as a base and tossing in whatever else you’ve got in the leftover department. Kind of like stone soup.

Now that we are old and gray and broken down. I get my tomatoes from the nearby Publix. They are not as good as home grown, but a lot easier. I don’t get too fussy about organic. They want too much money. At this age I don’t really think a few chemicals is going to make all that much difference anymore.

Conundrum –

18 December 07

If we are invaded, do we have the right to forcibly resist? If the Germans had occupied us would the correct response have been to try to throw them out a la French Resistance? Would we not rejoice if we won our freedom and killed and drove out the conquerors? Is it morally correct if we can do it to the original invaders? Is it still correct if it takes a generation to get rid of the bad guys? Two generations? Four? 200 years? 400 years?

A good term for taking the country back and driving out the invaders might be ‘ethnic cleansing’. Think about that.

If it is morally correct, as some of the more radical left states, to give the US back to the Indians – oops, pc = ‘native American’. Or to the Mexicans – who took it from the Indians, who took it from the previous occupying tribes, ad nauseum. Mostly you will notice that they hate the country and that the operative word is ‘give it back’. Now, as I say, if the preceding is morally correct, then why do the same aforementioned leftists get their panties in such a wad over the Serbians? It was their country for quite a while. As in centuries. As in longer than some of the Indian tribes occupied their territories. The Bosnians are Moslem invaders. About 400 years ago the Moslems came in and raped, murdered, pillaged, and occupied. They didn’t go home. To drive people out usually takes a bit of force. I will not defend torture and other such heinous acts. But let us remember, the Bosnians are equally guilty of atrocities against the Serbs. Today. Now. Yesterday. And for the last 400 years. Yet, thanks to the left, the US sided with the Moslems, bombed and invaded the Serbians and forcibly stopped them from driving the invaders from their homes.

Where is the cutoff? When does an occupying people become the native people? Is it ok for one Indian tribe to conquer another? Is it ok for Moslems to conquer and hold territory? Or is it that it is only wrong for European (white) Christians to occupy territory?

There is a marvelous scene in Shogun, both the book and the mini-series. What a concept – a movie that pretty much followed the book! Anyway, Toranaga asks Blackthorn if the Dutch were not vassals of the Spanish throne. Blackthorn allows that this is true. Toranaga states that it is unpardonable for a vassal to rebel against his lord. A true betrayal. Blackthorn insists that there is a case when it may be considered moral. Toranaga queries. Blackthorn’s response – “…if you win!” After a stunned moment Toranaga laughingly admits that Blackthorn has the right of it.

In his Starship Troopers – the real thing, the book, not the movie. How unusual, a movie that has damn near nothing to do with the book. There is considerable philosophy in the book – none in the movie. There is a discussion of the role of force in the history of the world. The upshot is that the drivel about force never solving anything is just that – drivel. The fact is that war – force, is a necessary part of the political process. When discussion, compromise, and diplomacy have failed, then a people can (and will) resort to force to gain their ends. If the opposing group is bent on the destruction of one’s group, either to take all of the food (a rational reason) or for pure hatred (a psychotic motivation), the only choice may be for one’s group to resist with force, or to just surrender and die. I suppose that it is my narrow and provincial attitude, but I prefer for my own group to survive. I think that if we defend because of rational reasons, it will be better for the future if our seed is preserved rather than that of psychotics. Do you lefties want the future to be populated by rational, peaceful people who only use force to defend? Do you want it to be populated by those driven by hatred that will kill anyone who thinks differently? Your choice. Right now you are not headed down a path of survival, for those who will not defend and their offspring will die. Those who are tougher and more determined will populate the future. Think about it. May not be fair. You may want to take your toys and go home. But – that is the way the world works. Think about it.

When the other guy’s goal is your death, non-resistance is always fatal. This may fit your individual philosophy. It doesn’t fit mine. I don’t think it is very noble to let a serial killer get his perverted sexual thrills by one’s pain and death. I would resist. I would not stand by and let a member of my family die horribly and painfully to satisfy another’s wishes. I would resist. I will not stand by while my fellow citizens are brutally butchered because they do not agree with some sick, mad bastard’s view of what their religion should be. I will resist. I will not stand by while other people are enslaved or tortured or brutalized to satisfy another group’s whims. I will resist – with force.

Hey lefties – a question. Why are you all emotional about Darfur? Yes, the Moslem Sudanese government is sponsoring horrible acts of brutality. You know – the standard mix – rape, torture, murder, on men, women, children. So. I see. OK. But why was there no outcry from the left during the Second Sudanese Civil War when 1.9 million were brutally slaughtered and over 4 million driven from their lands? Is it because the victims at Darfur are Moslems and the victims in the Second Civil War were Christian? I hope you guys see that I don’t object to going in to kick the Sudanese Government into some kind of civilized behavior, or changing it. I don’t mind protecting the innocent of Darfur. I do object to not being consistent. I do object to your – I hope unconscious – bigotry against Christians. There’s a damn sight more Christian victims of Moslem cruelty than there have ever been Moslem victims of Christians. I do want to see some of you libs that want us to send the military into Darfur to get off your sanctimonious asses and put your lives on the line for the protection of these people. Enlist. Put your life where your mouth is. Sauce for the goose.

Here’s a lovely quote from George Orwell:

The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writing of the younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States …

Notes on Nationalism, May 1945

The only addition that I would make is that the thing admired now seems to be the failed socialist system. The libs in this country are still hoopee-hollering for socialized medicine and the Brits are drafting ways to return to private medicine. There is no country practicing socialized medicine successfully today.

It seems to me that Amnesty International talks more about US ‘atrocities’ than they do murder and torture of the innocent practiced as policy by other nations. I will not pay any attention to this crap nor believe them until they start impartially reporting facts instead of showing their hatred of our western democracies.

Hey righties – (you didn’t think I only kick lefties, did you?) – yes, you are on the right general track. Protect our own. Good. Defeat those who would kill us. Good. But – don’t demonize anyone who disagrees with you. This leads you to think that the end always justifies the means. That is true – only if you are a soulless animal. Your opponent is not necessarily your enemy. It is ok to have civil discourse with opponents. It is ok to disagree. Is also ok to kill those who would kill you. But – remember – the populous does not always reflect the murderous desires of their mad leaders. They may be ordinary people caught up in a tidal wave of insanity. Fight to victory – yes. But be rational and compassionate when the victory is won. Be greater in victory than in battle. Don’t try to shove your beliefs on everyone. We are not robots. We have free will. Let us exercise that as civilized humans. A civilized human will fight to victory in response to aggression, but is not the aggressor.

The Inquisition is Alive and Well –

15 December 07

Galileo Galilei would feel right at home in modern day America. You may remember that Galileo was persecuted by the Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church when he stated the observed scientific fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun, not vice-versa. He had to recant a fact that was in conflict with the firmly held opinion of the Church that the Earth was the center of the Universe. He also got to spend the rest of his life under house arrest.The left tells us, every time they want to be obnoxious and in-our-faces about something or other, that dissent and debate are good for us. Problem is, that shoe doesn’t seem to fit their foot. When a scientific type who is employed by government or academia has an opinion on “global warming” contrary to that of the non-scientific left, they dare not express it for fear of retaliation, job loss, and McCarthy-esque blacklisting.

Any true climatological data or research is suppressed under a loud howling of obscenity and derision from the true believers of the left. Sort of like the shouting of the Earth-centrists a few hundred years ago. I love the consensus bit. Science is not consensus, whether of “scientists” or the hoi-polloi. The fact that polls show that 77% or so of Americans “believe” that “global warming” is taking place and is a result of human activity means just about as much as the statistic that 100% of the lay people of Galileo’s time believed that the Sun revolved around the Earth. Science is 1 scientist describing real world data that can be verified again and again.

What the young and/or brainwashed “true believers” seem to forget is that the big lib scare of 1975 was the coming ice age. We were going to be buried under glaciers within 50 years if we did not go back to the lifestyle of the Middle Ages. ‘Course the back to Earthers seemed to have forgotten that the primitive lifestyle destroys trees in massive quantities for simply heating the home and cooking. They also seem to overlook the horrible mortality rate from simple infections. It takes pretty sophisticated technology to make the medicines that prevent death from being a constant visitor in everyone’s life.

There is some difference between climate change, which we do seem to be having a mild case thereof, and “global warming”. Climate change – available non-hyped data seems to indicate that we are an aggregate of 1°C warmer than we were at the beginning of the 20th century – a natural phenomenon of cyclical nature. “Global warming” – as defined by the left – states that all “modern” change is caused by man (particularly America), the earth having reached a stead state of perfection with unchanging climate except by the interference of man.

I do advocate the responsible and conservative use of resources. I do not advocate waste at all. I do think that we should devote considerable research to finding more efficient ways of generating and using power. I am also quite willing for people who have the need to give up all kinds of things to make themselves feel some worth to their lives to have a ball giving up anything their little hearts desire. However. Your desire to wear sackcloth must not be forced on me or any other free citizen who does not feel that particular need. If the left wishes to force someone to be more careful of resources they might want to take a look at China, India, and Africa. If only America is penalized for success, the country will not survive. Of course, the same people who want to drive us into the primitive lifestyle also want to abolish the military, don’t want to stop illegal immigration, do want to raise taxes to punish the productive and do not wish to protect us from Moslem aggression. If they don’t kill the country with one strategy, they will try others until they succeed in their suicidal desire.

God Rest Ye Merry – –

13 December 07

– – Merchants, May you make the Yuletide Paaay – Tom Lehrer.

Of all the curious phenomena that I observe in our schizophrenic society none is more amusing than the modern attitude toward Christmas.

As I have observed on more than one occasion, Christmas is Christ’s Mass, the celebration of the Incarnation of God as Man, and the first act of the re-creation of the fallen world by Christ. That’s the anchor, and we’ll come back to it in a bit.

First off, the nuttier Christian haters really don’t need to worry. The destruction of Christmas is taking place whether or not they help it along. There is nothing that the anti-Christian crowd can do that is as damaging to Christians as that which so many have done to themselves. Oh, you don’t think that they are Christian haters? They are really atheists and object to any religion? Could be, but by my experience they do persecute Christians and do not go after Moslems. I grant you that some of the more ignorant and self-righteous fringies who claim to be Christian can be pretty obnoxious, but there is some genuine concern that their fellow man experience salvation. The more poisonous aspects of their behavior are purely human cussedness and cannot be justified by any formal Christian theology. This is not true of the Moslems, where killing unbelievers, rape, and slavery are all considered virtuous behavior and earn credits toward paradise. I don’t see the “no religion” crowd tackling them. The idiots are anti-Christian, not anti-religion, or perhaps they just lack the guts to really follow their mouths with true action. Or, more likely, this shows their true stripes – just anti-Christian. Note that the majority of those who want no public Christian displays also do not want us to win in the current war with Islam. There is a common and current delusion that the “terrorists” are just extremists comparable to some of our own extremists. Not so. The extremists that come from the Christian societies have to roll their own theology. It is not and never has been part of the central Christian dogma that hatred is good. “Love your enemies” is Christian, not Moslem. (“Love your enemies – and drive ‘em nuts” is Dave Gardner). What we of the modern world think of as Moslem extremism is, in fact, part of their central belief system. Those who think differently have not studied Islam. The greatest example of the big lie in the modern era is not Hitler and the Nazis. It is that the Moslem world has managed to portray itself as a peaceful religion. Bull. Study the real deal and you will find that death to unbelievers is at the core, along with rape and slavery. The Moslems have killed and enslaved more people than any other group in the history of the world. (Try 270,000,000 dead from Moslem murders). Contrariwise, there is no way that anyone can justify murder, rape, and slavery in Christian doctrine. If the anti-religion nuts were really true to their statements they would run all the Moslems out of this country before they even started worrying about Christians.

Even without the leftist attacks on Christmas we are in trouble. The current commercialization of Christmas has done more damage than all the atheists that ever were. The current orgy of consumerism in December is a pagan midwinter festival that has absolutely nothing to do with the incarnation of Christ. The Christmas tree is a pagan leftover from the Germans. This gift-giving extravaganza is more damaging to Christ’s Mass than having the pagans persecute us. Also, you might think about the huge number of Christmas musical pieces that have nothing to do with Christ. Dashing through the snow, silver bells, snowmen and all the rest of that sort of dreck have nothing to do with the Birth of Our Lord.

The other destructive force is so much more subtle and insidious that most Christians don’t have a clue that it is dangerous. I speak of the Western view of Christmas as exemplified in “Silent Night”. The “sweet baby” Jesus figure so beloved by the West has little to do with the mighty God who is Master of the Universe. The Eastern Church says that the Womb of Mary is “more spacious than the Heavens” for she contained the Master and Creator of the Heavens for 9 months within her body. The “Holy Family:” Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus is not the Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit that should be the focus of the Christian. It is easy to be seduced by the “sweetness” of the Holy Family imagery and to forget that the Christian is called to constant and intense spiritual warfare. In the imagery of the West, the paintings depicting the birth of Christ are usually extremely romantic in style. All kinds of sentimental feelings are displayed and evoked by these tender images. Contrast that with Eastern Iconography. The Incarnation icons are usually rather stark and frequently busy with details all around the borders that depict the various things associated with the birth. Unless it is an 18th century icon with a great deal of Italian influence, that is. Then you may see some Western romanticism, but not otherwise.

Herself sez: Here is an excellent example of the Orthodox Icon of the Nativity of Our Lord:

Nativity of Our Lord

The Theotokos (The Mother of God) lies quietly after giving birth. She is looking worriedly at Joseph (lower left corner) who is being tempted by Satan in the guise of an old man. (We know that Satan can take many guises – from the voices of doubt in our minds, to the temptations of secular life, to simply missing our prayers.) In the lower right corner, the midwives bathe the Infant in wonder that He was born without violating His Mother’s Virginity. Above the midwives, a shepherd plays a pipe. On the left of the Theotokos and Christ, we see the Magi riding on beautiful horses and following the mystery of the Star. Above them, the Angels sing. Over all is seen the Star of the Nativity. In the upper right corner, the angels announce to stunned shepherds that Christ is Born! All around, we can see the mountains clapping their hands (“let the floods clap their hands and let the hills be joyful together.” [Psalms 98:8]) In the very center of the Icon is Christ, bathed in the Light of the Star, lying in the manger. The animals gaze at Him in wonder. As according to Orthodox tradition, the Nativity of Christ is depicted in a cave, not in a building.

As Christians, we should indeed fight against the forces that would make us second-class citizens. But we should also remember that salvation and spiritual growth is more important than comfort. It may be easier for us to live the Christian life of prayer, fasting, and struggle without all the external distractions of the “Merry Merchants”. Perhaps we should think about ignoring the whole mess of public extravaganza and concentrate on the aspects of salvation that we are offered.

If we look at the ads we see silly people asking snotty children if they believe in Santa Claus and the poisonous little examples of consumerism replying that they believe in cashmere. I think that we should abandon that whole trail to the people who think of it as having some importance. There is no salvation in Santa Claus or in cashmere. We know that our Salvation is in and through Christ, and that to grow in Him daily through the Holy Spirit is our belief and our goal.

Let the merchants have the pagan mid-winter festival. Let the great unwashed have their festival without Christian symbols, for we know that only in Christ are we participating in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Christmas [Christ’s Mass] is in the Church and the home, not the mall or the Internet store.

Herself sez: On December 25 / January 7, and not before, we will chant in Church:

Troparion of Nativity, Tone 4

Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath shone upon the world the light of wisdom! For by it, they who worshipped the stars, were taught by a star to adore Thee: the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Orient from on high! O Lord, glory be to Thee.

Kontakion of the Nativity, Tone 3

Today the virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels with shepherds glorify Him, the Magi journey with the Star! Since for our sake the Pre-eternal God is born as a Little Child!

As noted by the Ol’ Curmudgeon, there is no place for commercialism or consumerism in either the Icon or the Hymnography of the Nativity!

Farts and Mother Earth –

11 December 07

It seems that the latest craze amongst the leftier environazis is the call to eliminate cows. After all, cows make farts, which have methane gas, which – horrors – destroys mother earth. Humans are bad – humans eat cows – therefore humans need to eat less meat, reducing the cows and the cow farts.Where to start? I don’t know about you, but I find that this is more hot air than facts. First off, don’t the nuts realize that cow farts are a natural product? We had somewhere around 70 million buffalo on the prairies before the hunters wiped them out. I submit that if 70 million buffalo farts didn’t cause mother earth to overheat, our modern food and dairy animals won’t.

Secondly, if we don’t eat red meat, we have to eat a rather complex veggie diet to make up the nutrients. This is ok for adults, but there are some nutrients that can only be gotten by eating meat and it is child abuse to not give them to the kiddies. You can pull it off if the kid is kept on mother’s milk for a looong time. But you can’t just whip a baby into a vegan diet. They don’t grow well. Back to a veggie diet. To get a complete protein from a veggie diet you must eat a fair amount of bean and grain combo stuff. Has anyone here spent any time in a vegan community? I have. The after dinner farts in a vegan community sound like the campfire scene from Blazing Saddles. Thunderous doesn’t even cover it. How then have methane emissions been eliminated? Sounds like the environutzies are just on another dictatorial kick – “for your own good” – of course.

Third – shouldn’t we therefore be logically thinking about eliminating the vast herds of grazing animals that are still on the African plains? Millions of Wildebeests are still pumping farts into the air of Africa. Not to mention the antelope, gazelles, and so on.

California has succeeded in running Interstate Bakeries out of business in Southern California. Reasons cited are high union labor, excessive state mandated employee benefits, and the impossibility of meeting state mandated CO2 emissions limits. Fact is, yeast makes CO2 as part of the metabolic cycle of making bread rise (yeast farts). All the legislation that California is putting into place will just about make baking impossible by 2020. PI is still 22/7, not 3.0 no matter what stupid legislation is passed.

California cities are also beginning to legislate how many fast food joints are allowed in a given area instead of letting the market decide. Looks like the legislators think that people are too stupid to vote with their wallets and must be protected from the consequences of their own decisions. “For your own good” is usually the excuse of the worst kind of tyranny.

The bellwether libs of California seem to be more interested in getting rid of cows, bread, burger joints, etc. than they are in ridding themselves of gangs, murderers, illegals, and drunk celebrity drivers. Lets you know where their real priorities lie. Actually, bellwether is a good term for Californians. Comes from Middle English. A bell was tied around the neck of a castrated ram (wether), which would then lead a flock of sheep wherever the shepherd directed. Draw your own parallel.

The Plains Indians and the early settlers did use dried buffalo patties for fires. They weren’t dumb. If, instead of trying silly ideas, some smart lefty (contradiction of terms) were to think up a way to capture cow farts and process same, he just might have a good alternative fuel. Methane burns nicely and could contribute to energy independence. Renewable resource, don’t you know. Course that might take work and thinking, both processes being foreign to environazis.

And, of course, solar activity has absolutely no effect on the environment, Only human activity. Oh yeah, sorry. It is only the American activity that pollutes the earth and leads to global warming. Africa, India, China, Europe, and all the rest don’t matter, even when they do the same or worse than we do. Only Americans are bad, irresponsible and greedy. Only Americans are causing global warming. Only by punishing Americans can the world heal itself. No wonder the America hating left does not want to defend us against the current Jihad. When the Americans are ruled by a Taliban, there will only be a fraction of the people left to pollute mother earth, for the rest will be dead and so will modern technology. And free thought, and the Internet, and ….

Men’s lives are easier –

6 December 07

I think that men don’t always realize just how much easier and more uncomplicated their lives are. Now, we get up, scratch here and there (you know where you scratch). We take care of some business, grab a quick shower, shave (if we’re dumb enough), brush teeth, comb hair (if any left), and get dressed.The dressing part is not too hard. What are we doing today? Work? Grab some appropriate work clothes. The most complicated sartorial decision we ever make is boxers or jockeys. Drag on some socks (they may match), drag on the aforementioned shorts. Let’s see, shirt, pants, belt or suspenders, pocket stuff, shoes. Yep. Good to go. Kiss wife, grab coffee, hit road. Done.

Now, for a woman, it gets a whole lot more complicated. Make coffee for the growling beast. Get said beast up. Get kids ready. Get everyone else out. Where were we? Oh, yeah – bath. Well, do I want a bath or a shower? Partly depends on whether the legs and pits need a shave or not. OK, shave legs & pits – bath. Do I have time for some bubbles? What kind do I feel like today? OK, good and clean. Brush teeth. Which clothes? dress, skirt & blouse (business or frilly?), slacks, shorts – not just what do I have to do today, but – who will I see – and where? OK, decisions made. Dress. Nice. This one will do. Where’s that bra that goes with this damn dress?

Bras – my daughter-in-law is very well endowed. 40-DDD or thereabouts. One of her comments on the topic was to the effect that the 70s feminazi bra burners must have been a flat-chested bunch. To hell with what men (or anyone else) wanted, it hurt not to wear a support bra. Another comment was that if men had to drag around that much dead weight, their backs would hurt too and they wouldn’t be so damn fascinated with the things. They get in the way. A lot.

Anyway, bra, got the bra. What kind of panties? Does this dress show a panty line? Got to make it match. Stockings. Which color? At least we no longer have to fool with girdles or garter belts. Panty hose is a good thing. Unless you have to get to a toilet in a hurry. Slip – got it.

Side note: When I was a kid, may be 5 or 6 or somewhere in there, I was curious about everything, as kids are. Now, I had no desire to be a girl or wear girl’s clothes, but I was curious. I tried on my mother’s girdle once. I was, of course, much smaller, particularly around my non-existent hips and butt. I still remember how constricting and straight-jacket like it was. I’m surprised women could walk in those things.

OK, we got all the foundation stuff on. Time for makeup. Damn, used to be easier when we could see without glasses. OK, let’s get the foundation on, mostly by feel. OK, next layer. Let’s see (if we could see it wouldn’t be a problem, dammit!), OK, glasses on, do blush around them, mouth, everything but the eyes. Maybe if we hold the glasses out with one hand we can kind of see enough to do the eyes with the other hand. Nope. OK, do the eyes by feel and guess. Put the glasses on and check it out. Repeat and correct if necessary until it’s right.

Oh! Goodness, which deodorant and cologne? Got ‘em. Now the dress. Carefully, don’t want to smear the makeup or stain the dress. Now the earrings and necklace. Bracelet? Watch? Broach? Maybe a scarf. But – which ones go with. And of those, which do I feel like today.

Hurrah! At last – shoes! Flats? Heels? Wear flats, take heels?

Another side: I taught ballroom dancing many, many years ago. We had to learn the female part in order to teach females. On one of the training days we had to wear (and dance in) heels all day. I damn near killed myself, and these were only about 2 ½” heels. And wow, did my feet and legs ache! I don’t see how women do it, but they do. And it looks good.

Oh my God – the purse from yesterday doesn’t even come close. Don’t panic. Just flip the contents over to the right one. Wherever it is. Found! Changed! Feed the dog, out the door. Ready!

Now a couple of comments here. It isn’t enough just to talk the talk. Women must also walk the walk. You could dress me up all day, and try as I might, I could never hold myself or move so that the dress looked good. There’s something mystical and wonderful about the way women move. But, it’s not just the sex, it’s the gender. I have seen women wear a dress and look almost as bad as I would. I have also seen trannys that looked dynamite (and moved wonderfully). Which is sex and which is gender?

Another comment is that men are not girlfriends. We may not gush about how wonderful you look today. But we notice. And we do appreciate. A lot. And you do too know it. When you cross a room moving good, you know when every male eye in the place follows you. And it feels grand!

Last observation: all that complex stuff is usually accomplished in about the same time as a man takes to get up and dress. Wow. Never mind the traditional (dumb) male jokes about how they wait for women. Women are amazing. One of God’s very best ideas.

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