Dependence Day January 19, 2011Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: Fall of America, Mark Steyn
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Mark Steyn has penned a sobering tale that should be read by anyone who loves this country. A fabulous line—“When a society loses its memory, it descends inevitably into dementia”.
(This is the Mark Steyn who frequently subs for Rush Limbaugh.)
I Say What He Says January 16, 2011Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: Daily Mail, Don Surber
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Don Surber’s words say it so more eloquently than I could do. The Charleston, WV reporter works for the Daily Mail. I like the cut of this man’s jib.
And The Last Shall Be First January 8, 2011Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: conservativism, Fred Upton., Michigan
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Michigan has been beat down for the past three decades. The culprits are the unions who have rode rough on the entire state. This last election cycle finally produced a conservative majority. With the changing tide, an interesting dynamic has emerged.
Michigan’s power is waxing in Washington; Rep. Fred Upton, 57, who represents southwestern Michigan is poised to direct a new paradigm. With companion Dave Camp, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. They are part of a Midwestern ascendancy in the House, which also includes Ohio’s John Boehner (speaker), Michigan’s Mike Rogers (chairman of the Intelligence Committee), Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan (chairman of Budget), Minnesota’s John Kline (chairman of Education and Labor), and Missouri’s Sam Graves (chairman of Small Business).
The Midwest has much to lose from Obama’s agenda, particularly his animus against coal, which generates 60 percent of the region’s electricity — 90 percent in Ohio and Indiana. Officials of a steel tank manufacturer in Niles, Mich., recently told Upton that cap-and-trade carbon regulation would have meant an instant 20 percent increase in electricity costs, which would have forced the company to operate only at night in order to take advantage of off-peak rates.
The Silent Majority No More January 7, 2011Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: conservatism, Obamacare, repeal
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The war has begun. Not 24 hours into the new Congress and the Republican majority has set its sights on repealing the long list of liberal BS enacted by the last Congress. The big prize is of course Obama Care but there’s some low hanging fruit that will certainly be picked before they can amass the votes to derail the biggest socialist takeover in the history of this country.
Profound Words January 3, 2011Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: genius, patriot, Thomas Jefferson
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At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of
British America” and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a
Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated
commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin
and John Adams.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the
American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head
of Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello .
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and
served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration
of Independence (along with John Adams).
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous
failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the
nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be
way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew
his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future:
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the
brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:
“This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather
at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas
Jefferson dined alone.”
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we
shall become as corrupt as Europe .
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A
principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
A Gumbo New Year January 1, 2011Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: Bayou, good eats, gumbo, Happy New Year, Neville Brothers, New Orleans, okra
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Sort of a New Year’s tradition…I make gumbo. Started yesterday morning by shopping for the ingredients I didn’t already have. Then comes the prep—it’s half the fun. It’s an all day affair, perfect for when you don’t have anything else to do and you like to cook.
Over the years I have honed my roux making skills. In my humble opinion I make a bad-ass roux. It’s the base for the entire stew. The key is the gradual cooking of the flour in the oil. Too fast and you’ll burn it and the taste will permeate the gumbo. Done right there is a nuttiness that is created and that’s what you want. It should take about 20 minutes and be a dark mahogany color. Near constant whisking is required over medium low heat.
When the roux is ready, present her with the other secret to the stew: okra. This misunderstood, underappreciated veggie holds the magic. Many complain of the slimy nature and are put off by the unique taste. Hah! If they only knew. Cooked down, the okra releases its magical powers and puts the Oh! in gumbo.
Four more of hours of simmering brings the concoction to its special place. I let mine rest over night in the fridge. This allows for the myriad of flavors to meld. The oysters and shrimp go in during the re-heating the next day and the entire mélange is served piping hot over a bed of jasmine rice. Option #2 is to cut two healthy rounds of French bread and top them with the savory sauce. Either way your mouth and mind will be instantly transported to the land of the Bayou. A delightful way to start the new year.
Oh yeah, I’ll still be having the traditional New Year’s meal of smoked ham, black-eyed peas, jalapeno corn bread (made in a skillet) and collard greens tonight. Gotta have those black-eyed peas…it’s good luck you know. Recipe for the gumbo follows. (alcoholic intake optional)
Judy’s Best Gumbo evah*
Wash okra, cut into ¼ inch rounds, set aside.
In large pot heat olive oil over medium/low heat, stir in flour. Reduce heat to low and whisk frequently until it turns a nice mocha color. (about 15-20 minutes)
Add okra, chopped onions, celery, chopped garlic, salt to taste and cayenne. Make sure heat is very low and put on the lid. Pour yourself a nice glass of red wine and pop in a Neville brothers CD. After every other song, lift the lid, stir quickly and return lid.
When the Brothers have finished singing you should have yourself a nice gumbo roux. (about an hour)
Now you should at least be on the better side of your second glass of wine. If not pour another immediately. Add the chicken stock and water, stir in the hot sauce of your choice, the Worcestershire, the black pepper to taste, the bay leaves, sliced tomatoes and halved blue crabs. Simmer lidless for 4 hours.
Now depending on whether you had two or three glasses of red wine, it’s ok to take a 3- hour nap. Just be sure to wake up after three hours cuz now it’s time to add the sausage.
Simmer for another hour, remove heat, cover and let stand to room temperature (or close) then put into the refrigerator for at least 24 hours, 48 is better.
When it’s time to eat, reheat over medium until gumbo just starts to simmer. Stir well and add shrimp and oysters. Cook for 10 minutes more then serve up that simmerin’ slice of Cajun heaven over a mess of white rice or on a thick slice of fresh French bread.
It’ll be the best thing you put in your mouth all day…I guarantee!
*Adapted from an original recipe from Judy Hebert (she married a real coon-ass Cajun)
1 lb. Okra
¼ cup flour
½ cup olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 ½ stalks of celery
½ tbls cayenne
1-3 tbls. Hot sauce (your choice)
3 cloves of minced garlic
3 Bay leaves
4 tbls Worcestershire
salt to taste
1-quart reduced sodium chicken stock
2 ½ qts. water
2 diced tomatoes (large pieces)
2 halved Blue crabs or 8 oz. lump crab meat
½ lb. Shrimp
1 lb. Boudain sausage (smoked of course)