Need health insurance? You can now price quality insurance at www.healthcare.gov for yourself and your family. Even if you've got pre-existing conditions, they'll cover you, without jacking up the rates.

This isn't "signing up for ObamaCare", this is buying insurance from private companies, same as people have been doing for decades. All that has changed is that it's now AFFORDABLE, thanks to ObamaCare.

Hey Republicans: you lost. You tried every dirty trick in the book -- from voter suppression, to racial dog-whistling, to a breathtakingly dishonest ad campaign from a breathtakingly dishonest condidate -- and still you lost.

You should be ashamed of yourselves. You should be, but you won't be. So I'll just remind you that you lost, you lost badly, and the various groups you've tried to disenfranchise have long memories.


Overcompensating for something, sonny?

How do you know you're a good person?

There is no greater heresy a Christian church can commit than to fail to show love -- and that's love for EVERYONE, not just members. Show me a church that isn't overflowing with love, and I'll show you a church that Satan has sunk his claws into.

If you belong to a church that doesn't show much love, find another church before Satan sinks his claws into you too. Or if you like, keep imagining Satan as a comical figure in red tights, he won't be offended at all if you underestimate him.

About those "Occupy Wall Street" protesters ... yes they're annoying smelly hippies, but you know what? They're also pretty much right. It used to be you could put in a good week's work, make a decent wage, buy a house and raise a family. But these days, things are just getting harder for 99% of us; even if both you and your wife can find work, you'll still have trouble paying the mortgage, and Lord help you if your kid gets sick.

The 1% who are getting richer and richer aren't doing it through hard work. They're doing it by shipping jobs overseas, by cutting our pay and benefits, and by screwing around with peoples' mortgages.

If you vote Republican, you're voting for the 1% who are making it harder on all the rest of us. They don't deserve your support.

RIP Steve Jobs

The man is responsible for many of the wonders we take for granted today. But he is also responsible for shipping jobs overseas to places like China, where his iPad plants treat workers like slaves: keeping them in barracks, making them work double- and triple-shifts, and driving a shocking number them to suicide. Jobs's answer to the suicides: putting up wire barriers so the workers can't jump any more.

You can thank your lucky stars that nobody you care about is subjected to conditions like that in the US, where we have laws and regulations to guarantee safe and tolerable working conditions. Guys like Jobs wouldn't treat their people well or pay them a decent wage if the law didn't force them to.

In other news: Republicans have shot down yet another Democratic jobs bill, and they have yet to come up with a single jobs bill of their own.

If you are making over a million dollars a year, it makes sense for you to support the GOP. Otherwise, you are part of the 99% that the GOP has no interest in representing.

Why You Should Be Proud You Voted Republican

How to con people into voting for you:

Step 1: Get the voters good and mad at whoever they resent most. Government, liberals, atheists, gays, immigrants, the poor, it doesn't matter who.

Step 2: Tell the voters you're on their side, and let them vote you into office.

Step 3: Don't do a thing to help the voters out with their actual problems, such as no job, or a job that doesn't pay, or medical bills.

Step 4: At re-election time, tell the voters that nothing got fixed because [go back to step 1].

If you've voted Republican since 1980 and make less than a million dollars a year, you are a sucker, and they've been playing you for years now. And that's something to be proud of. Still no Republican jobs bill, I see ...

Why You Should Be Proud You Voted Republican

Hey Tea Partiers: the Republicans just tried to engineer a crisis (that debt ceiling thing you heard about) so that they could kill Medicare and other "unnecessary" spending. Are you starting to get it yet? They're not on your side; for the first time in your life you get interested in politics, and you support the guys who always stab you in the back. Maybe you shouldn't be mixed up in politics at all.

The Republicans haven't presented a jobs bill yet either, though they keep blocking Democratic jobs bills. Again, smart move, voting for the guys who stab you in the back every time.

And you "Progressives" who didn't vote in 2010: congratulations, you just let the Republicans take over the House (to say nothing of several states) and cause all the chaos they want. What on earth were you thinking? As an American citizen you're supposed to vote in every election, and in seasons when the Republicans have clearly gone off the rails, the very least of your duties is to make sure the Democrats get into office over the Republicans. You may be disappointed with the Democrats, but at least they're not actively trying to engineer crises for political gain.

Why You Should Be Proud You Voted Republican

Should you be proud because the Republicans promised to create jobs, but every bill they've proposed so far will only eliminate jobs?

Or should you be proud because Job Number One for the Republicans is to keep taxes low for the rich?

Or should you be proud because they're trying to destroy Medicare, and the Democrats are the only thing stopping them?

Or should you be proud because 9/11 happened on a Republican's watch, and it took a Democrat to hunt Osama bin Laden down?

It's time to call a spade a spade: the Republicans have become the party of failure. Anyone with any talent in the Republican Party, retired years ago. If you're looking for guys who want to balance the budget, put Americans back to work, and keep us safe, that's the Democrats.

Why You Should Be Proud You Voted Republican

So guess who's trying to ruin your Medicare? That's right, it's the Republicans, trying to replace Medicare with some a voucher system that doesn't even guarantee you'll be able to go to the doctor. The Democrats are fighting to stop this from happening; same as always, it's the Democrats who are fighting for your Medicare.

I guess it was a mistake to vote for the Republicans in November, wasn't it? Maybe you should remember this and stop trusting the Republicans. They don't have your best interests at heart.

Why You Should Be Proud You Voted Republican

Are you a traditional Republican voter, but disappointed with all the Tea Party lunacy? Then consider: if the GOP has pulled too far to the right, the Democrats have been pulling to the right too. Today's Democrats are pretty close to what Republicans were decades ago.

At the time, folks tried to tell you that Clinton was a communist and he was ruining the economy. But in hindsight, he gave us a balanced budget (something Republicans haven't been able to do for decades), a booming economy, a pretty peaceful time abroad, and tax rates that were very low. Then Bush came along, expanded government, increased spending, and trashed the economy. It's hard to evaluate Obama before he's done, but at least the economy isn't in free fall any longer, and he's withdrawing from Iraq and is trying to keep Libya limited (like Kosovo was under Clinton).

The Republican Party has turned into something we can hardly recognize these days, while the Democrats have become the fiscally responsible, sensible party. Take another look at the Democrats, maybe they've become the party for you.

Why You Should Be Proud You Voted Republican

In Wisconsin and Ohio, the new Republican governors are trying to take away the right to collective bargaining.

In Michigan, the new Republican governor is trying to seize power to fire and appoint any local government employee anywhere in the state, just by declaring "financial emergancy".

In Florida, the new Republican governor insists on running the state like his own empire, and even long-time Republicans can't deal with him. (He was convicted of millions of dollars in Medicare fraud in his previous job, incidentally -- that's money he took from the taxpayers.)

Are you starting to get it? The crop of Republicans you voted in weren't about fiscal responsibility and smaller government after all; you gave them a little power by voting them in, and now they're out to seize even more.

And not one of them is doing anything to create jobs. This is what you get when you vote Republican.

Why You Should Be Proud You Voted Republican

So in Wisconsin, the governor finally managed to take away collective bargaining rights, claiming that teachers are the reason he can't balance his budget. Meanwhile, he's given yet another tax break to the rich.

In this economy, the rich are still getting richer and richer, while the rest of us are fighting just to keep our jobs. And Republicans like Governor Walker are trying to tell you the problem is people who manage to earn a decent wage, thanks to unions. If you go along with that, either you are a millionaire yourself, or you are a sucker.

Happy 100th Birthday Ronald Reagan!

You taught us that, so long as you keep smiling, you can cause as much harm as you want and people will love you for it. You started us down the road of out-of-control spending, you made sure the rich got richer while the rest of us got poorer, and you even gutted programs for researching alternative energy (which is a shame, because we could use cheap energy right about now). And yet, amazingly enough, you still have fans.

It's no surprise that pro wrestling came back big during your presidency; being a fan of Reaganism is pretty much the same as being a fan of pro wrestling (follow the easy-to-memorize list of good guys and bad guys, love the one group unconditionally while hating the other relentlessly, and don't pay attention to that nagging voice telling you you're being played for a fool). Your successors are even more shameless and transparent than you ever were, and yet the crowds continue to eat it up.

Why You Should Be Proud You Voted Republican

This week, they're trying to reinstate pre-existing condition clauses on childrens' insurance, so if your kid gets sick, the insurance company can try to find reasons not to cover your kid, and you get to go bankrupt trying to save your kid's life. This is what you voted into office.

... And in case you haven't noticed, the Republicans still haven't done a single thing to try to create jobs. They'll take away your kid's coverage, but they won't help you find work.

Congratulations to this year's winners of the St. Bridget's Paprikash Cook-Off (9/25/2009):
 
Amateur division: Joe Barney
Professional division: Debbie Dixon of Your Deli in Amherst, Ohio.
Popular vote: Jennifer Trenka
 
As always, an excellent showing all around from all our participants!

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Chicken Paprikash

This recipe is barely any more complicated than chopping things up and boiling them in a pot. If I use store-bought spaetzel, I can make a complete pot of paprikash and have all the dishes cleaned in 45 minutes.

Ingredients:

24 oz. (1.5 lbs) boneless skinless chicken breasts
12 oz. sour cream
48 oz. chicken broth
1 onion
3-4 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
2 tablespoon garlic
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 bay leaves
corn starch (or preferably potato starch)
olive oil
1 Fudgesicle
 

Make spaetzel; put in a bowl. Alternatively, you can buy spaetzel from the store, or prepare any type of noodles you prefer.

Chop up the chicken breasts into small pieces.

Put the chicken and garlic in a pot; sautee in olive oil.

Chop up the onion into small pieces.

Put the onions and some chicken broth into the pot. For now, use just enough broth to keep everything submerged, but don't flood it. You should have some broth left over (maybe around 16 ounces); the remaining broth will be used below.

Stir in the other spices (paprika, salt, black pepper, ginger, bay leaves).

Simmer to let the chicken and onions cook thoroughly. While it's all cooking, eat the Fudgesicle.

When the chicken and onions are fully cooked, add the starch as a thickening agent, by mixing it into the remaining broth and pouring it into the pot. (If you're out of broth, use water; but ideally you will have exactly enough broth for this.) Remove from heat and let it thicken.

Finally, mix in the sour cream, and it's ready to serve over spaetzel.

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Other spins to put on the basic recipe:


Spaetzel

This seems to be a heretical recipe, because almost everyone I speak to, claims that the batter/dough should require cutting with a knife. I'll let this recipe speak for itself.

Ingredients:

0.5 cups milk
1.5 cups flour (Sapphire brand is preferred)
3.0 eggs

Get a pot of water going at a high boil.

Mix the milk, flour, and eggs in a bowl. The resulting batter should be a little thicker than Duncan Hines cake mix: a tiny bit stiff, but definitely not "dough".

With a spoon, drop small blobs of batter into the boiling water, and let boil for about 20 minutes. Then you may fish out the spaetzel.

Be advised that you need to keep the water at a high boil for this to work: the surfaces of the blobs really need to cook as soon as they hit the water. Then they magically don't stick together.

Also be advised that the blobs will expand as they cook, so try not to make them very large. One way or another, you'll probably have to chop them up with a spatula when you're done anyway.

MMMMM


"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. A tax upon house-rents, therefore, would in general fall heaviest upon the rich; and in this sort of inequality there would not, perhaps, be anything very unreasonable. It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."

- Adam Smith, "The Wealth of Nations", explaining the need for progressive taxes. Not even Smith thought an Invisible Hand was enough.


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