Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"He's Really a Moderate..."

When, during the presidential campaign, I referred to then-Senator Obama as a "Marxist" or "Socialist," I was accused of using extreme language. The same was said about my reference to Obama supporters being "useful idiots."

Just read his books, you'll see. He's not so bad. He's really a moderate. He's just like Reagan. Or Lincoln, even.

Did Reagan (or Lincoln) out-spend all other presidents in his first couple of months? Did Reagan want to grow the government? Did Reagan think that more government was always the answer to any national problem?

Do you take offense to President Obama being called a "Marxist" or "Socialist?" Consider the following: Did you ever think that a President of the United States would have the unmitigated gall to fire the C.E.O. of a major corporation? Did you ever think that the President would call for the conscription of your children into involuntary servitude? And what about the continuing bailouts?

President Obama, if he cannot be pigeonholed as a "Marxist," "Socialist," or whatever, can rightly be called a statist. Government, and its debt, have grown and will continue to grow exponentially in size and scope under Obama, and will continue long after he is gone. His useful idiots, who excuse and enable his behavior and the behavior of the left, are therefore guilty of statolatry.

And you thought W was bad.

Plans for April 15th?

Go to a Tax Day Tea Party.

Since Congress and the President will not bend to the "will of the American People" by e-mails and phone calls, please consider participating in a peaceful protest to stop the Leviathan.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Generic Chairman Maobama Story -Suitable for All Situations

Today, President Obama said something stupid, arrogant, or both. Obama's administration, when asked to clarify the President's comments, succeeded in obfuscating the issue. New laws were made, bureaucracies expanded, deficits increased, the Constitution violated, and freedom was reduced yet again. The market responded negatively.

I could run this every day with near 100% accuracy.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ham by Request

The Maximum Leader has requested the story about the ham I mentioned in a previous post. I am pleased to oblige...

I became interested in charcuterie a couple of years ago after a disappointing incident with a summer sausage (not that kind of incident!). In researching recipes for home-made summer sausage, I found Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing by Brian Polcyn and Michael Ruhlman. It was a revelation to me, as I wrote about in this post.

So, the ham comes from the monstrous beast that Smallholder raised on his farm two years ago. It weighed about 40 pounds fresh. I salted it for about a month and a half, under weights to press out the excess water. When it was done in the salt, I took it out, brushed off the remaining salt, and covered it in lard (home-rendered from the same hog's kidney fat) and black pepper. I covered it for a time in cheesecloth, but mold appeared after another two months. The cheesecloth was removed, the ham scrubbed with salt water and a stiff brush, then lightly salted and re-hung. And so it is to the present.

It is noticeably smaller now, firmer, and has the familiar funky smell of a Parma or San Danielle. I think I may have to sample some for Easter, or perhaps this summer when melons are in season.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Handgun Quiz

Via Naked Villainy via Boy Named Sous :
I am a: Heckler and Koch, Model P7 in 9mm
Firearms Training
What kind of handgun are YOU?

I would prefer one of the new Kimber 1911 models (.45 ACP in full-frame with a match barrel, of course) with the fancy Crimson Trace laser grips. I have been hinting to he Mrs. that it would make an excellent father's day present...

H&K is top of the line, however. While we are fantasizing, how about an HK MP10, SD model with the integral suppressor? Very nice. Puff-click, puff-click, puff-click. Dead bad guy.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Corned Beef

As some readers of this blog are aware, I am a big fan of charcuterie. I enjoy cured and preserved meats so much that I have a home-made salt cured ham hanging in my closet. But that is a different story.

Even though it is not necessarily Irish, St. Patrick's day makes most Americans think of Corned Beef with Cabbage. This year, I will be corning my own beef to be used in said meal.

  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 c. kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 oz. pink salt (sodium nitrite)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 T. pickling spice
  • one 5 # brisket

Combine everything but the brisket. Simmer in a large pot. Stir to dissolve salt/sugar. Cool the brine, add the brisket, and soak for 5 days. Remove brisket and rinse with cold water. Proceed with cooking.

I usually simmer the corned beef in beer (Harp, of course) and pickling spice until it is approaching tender. Then I add carrots, potatoes, onions, and cabbage. Simmer until beef and vegetables are very tender. Serve with a Guinness (or more Harp) and soda bread. The leftover beef can be made into Red Flannel Hash for breakfast. Top o' the mornin.'

Friday, March 06, 2009

Conservatism and the GOP: Quidnam Estis Nos?

A recent post by the Maximum Leader at Naked Villainy (worth a read on its own, despite the title) features a citation of an article written by John Derbyshire titled: "How Radio Wrecks the Right." As a fan of conservative talk radio, it is my obligation to come to its (limited) defense.

Mr. Derbyshire laments the decline of intellectual conservatism into popular radio programs. Going from the "starched-collar respectability" of Buckley (WFB, that is) to the irreverent quips and parodies of Rush Limbaugh has, according to Mr. Derbyshire, dumbed-down conservatism into a "lowbrow" state.

It may be lowbrow, but where else can one hear the ideas of Adam Smith, Friedrich van Hayek, Milton Friedman, Edmund Burke, Leo Strauss, Robert Nisbet and William F. Buckley Jr., not to mention the Founding Fathers, discussed with any sense of regularity? The Constitution plays a major part in conservative talk radio, and it is virtually the only place one finds any mention of it, save whenever a liberal is using it as a "living document" to advance his own agenda based on Supreme Court precedent.

Mr Derbyshire blames "lowbrow" conservatism for our current malaise, to borrow from Carter. Specifically, he blames conservative radio hosts for following blindly any politician with a "R" after his name:
With reasons for gratitude duly noted, are there some downsides to conservative talk radio? Taking the conservative project as a whole—limited government, fiscal prudence, equality under law, personal liberty, patriotism, realism abroad—has talk radio helped or hurt? All those good things are plainly off the table for the next four years at least, a prospect that conservatives can only view with anguish. Did the Limbaughs, Hannitys, Savages, and Ingrahams lead us to this sorry state of affairs?

They surely did. At the very least, by yoking themselves to the clueless George W. Bush and his free-spending administration, they helped create the great debt bubble that has now burst so spectacularly.

With all due respect, Mr. Derbyshire, conservative talk radio hosts have not been solidly in Bush's camp, in fact, many have done a more thorough (shall I say intellectual?) job of opposing his foolish and spendthrift method of governing. Think of the expansion of medicare. Think of comprehensive immigration reform. Think of steel tariffs. Think of the first bank bailout, and Mr. Bush's comments that he went "against free market principles to save the free market." I could go on. The point is, George W. Bush was no conservative; he was simply the lesser of two weevils. I might remind you, sir, it was your National Review colleague (and son of WFB to boot) Christopher Buckley who endorsed Barack Obama over John McCain (he's really a moderate, and McCain is too old). If I recall correctly, the editors of Nationl Review also endorsed the ineffective and illegal bank bailout.

Most conservative people ("middlebrow" conservatives) just want to be left alone to live their lives, earn a living, and raise respectable children. We cannot all be "highbrow" intellectual elites. Conservative talk radio hosts are obliged to engage in "lowbrow" to entertain an audience and keep them listening. They do have advertisers, after all. I submit that our faults are not in our stars, or ourselves, but in our elected leaders. Until there are more men with "onions in the bag," willing to articulate conservative values and govern accordingly, we will continue our slow creep into socialism.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Triumph of the American Way

When one considers the technological innovations and entrepreneurial spirit on daily display in the United States, one can not help but be amazed. Thanks to free enterprise, our lower class enjoy a standard of living that exceeds that of a person of moderate means in any other country.

Our poor have cars, televisions, air conditioning, refrigerators, quality health care, portable telephones, and access to clean, inexpensive food.

Only in America would a woman call 911 three times because McDonald's ran out of Chicken McNuggets.

Before I am accused of racism, I am in no way implying that Ms. Goodman is poor because she happens to be black. Ms. Goodman is most likely poor because she is an uneducated idiot. Let Ms. Goodman explain in her own words:

"When you feel that you've been mistreated or misused or robbed out of your money, you have the right to call 911," Goodman said. "That's the purpose of 911, so I thought."

Indeed. Maybe I should call 911 about our tax bill...