Friday, September 28, 2012

It's the Stupid Economy

its_the_stupid_economy.jpgWelcome to the Modern-Day Depression, says Mort Zuckerman. Cartoon by Dana Summers.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Where Does the Money Go?

Your pay stub says you make $21.78 an hour. Your check says it's more like $15.77. Your employer says you cost him $30.94.

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That's right. From every dollar you cost your employer, taxes take a third, benefits another sixth, and you end up with half.

Welcome the the feudal system, peasant.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Pacific West. Payroll calculations from the Salary Paycheck Calculator.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Close Down Those Embassies

In the modern world, diplomatic business can be carried on in civilized countries rather than in dangerous backwaters. ... It would be a shame, if civilized citizens of Islam could no longer line up at our embassies or consulates for visas to the United States, but such is life. If there was business to be transacted, the businessmen could always transact it on the telephone or, for the advanced, the Internet.

Probably there would not be much business transacted once we are energy independent. The world would be a more peaceful place. The forward-marching nations would be happy and contented in the 21st century. The Islamic nations would be happy or angry or whatever in the 10th century, possibly earlier.
R. Emmett Tyrrell's suggestion.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Time To Show Up



According to Rasmussen, it's Romney 48, Obama 45, Nobody 2, and Undecided 5%.

Undecided?

Make that "clueless."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wally Gets His Wings

wally_1_thumb.jpgA couple weeks ago Leslie and Marielle found a caterpillar on some milkweed by the side of the road. They brought him home and put him in a jar. They named him Wally. As he munched up his milkweed they brought him more.

wally_2_thumb.jpg A few days ago he turned into a chrysalis. This morning he hatched. For a few hours he just hung there, barely moving.

When Leslie came home at lunch time, she put his jar in the sun.


wally_1_thumb.jpgHe became more and more active. He flexed his wings and began climbing up toward the top of the jar.

wally_2_thumb.jpgHe couldn't quite climb over the top of the slick glass jar, so Leslie helped him out.


wally_1_thumb.jpgThe minute he saw clear air he took off.

wally_2_thumb.jpgHe flew up into the maple tree.

There he rested, thinking about Mexico...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Just Want To Know...

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Are we better off than we were four beers ago?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Descending Into the Obama Recession

monthly_employment_changes.pngConn Carroll in The Examiner; via Instapundit.

And on that cheery note, I'm headed up to the lake.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Reagan's Children

Modicum of Insanity noticed that the average age of the RNC speakers was eleven years younger than the DNC speakers.

Jean Kaufman noticed something else. Many of them were from blue states.
A conservative who has managed to get elected in a blue state or district has a distinct advantage over others who have followed the more traditional red-state route to Republican prominence. In a more Darwinian struggle for political existence, only the most charismatic, nimble, and appealing minds and personalities among conservatives would be able to win, swimming against such a strong tide without sinking. This background is exactly what a conservative would seem to need in order to prevail on the national level in a country that features slightly more registered Democrats than Republicans, as well as a growing number of independents.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Atlas Shrugged Part II

In theaters 12 October 2012.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mister We Could Use A Man Like William Clinton Again

They offered him 25 minutes of prime time and he doubled down on it. He was brilliant, classic, fast, and loose. They don't call him Slick Willie for nothing. If Romney were up against Bill Clinton this election would be over already. Fortunately he's not.

Tomorrow Obama will speak and the contrast will be stark.

Maybe, my wife suggests, that's what he intended all along.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Take A Load Off

empty_rocking_chair.jpgIt's National Empty Chair Day.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Jack S. Party

jackass_party_war_on_women.jpgPolitico makes a list of the things that could blow up in Charlotte. It starts with Bill Clinton and ends with B. O. Bama himself.

Kelly Jane Torrance, meanwhile, dispatches from the front lines in the war on women.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Gluten-Free Waffles

bobs_biscuit_mix.jpgI made waffles for the family campout but to keep with my new diet I didn't use any wheat. I used almond and oat flours and lots of eggs. But without wheat you need some sort of gluten substitute otherwise the resulting waffle is too crumbly to hold butter and jam.

Xanthan gum is what you need, but not a lot — a little dab'll do you. Go down to Food For Less and get a bag of Bob's Red Mill Biscuit and Baking Mix (about $4), and add ¼ cup of that for every cup or two of your gluten-free flour mix. That's enough for waffles. For pancakes, you might want a little more.

Here's my recipe.
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup Bob's Biscuit Mix
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 Tbs melted butter
Whip the egg whites until fluffy. Beat the yolks, flour mix, and milk until smooth. Add melted butter. Fold in whites. Pour into smoking-hot waffle irons and cook until the light goes out.

Serve with all the toppings you love.