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A food post

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First, I am now cooking this recipe: Roast Pork With Milk. Hard to think of anything more trayf than that, though I wonder whether cross-species milk with meat is kosher. The injunction is against eating a kid boiled in its mother’s milk, and that was generalized to an extreme degree. (There’s a joke in which God gives up against the increasing generalization of a simple injunction: “Do what you gotta do.”) My thought is that this would not apply to, for example, goat boiled in cow’s milk: no possibility whatsoever that the kid was being cooking in its mother’s milk. It’s not a cow.

At any rate, one lesson learned: use a pot that has a lot of room to accommodate the milk boiling up. I used a 4-qt 10″ sauté pan, and next time I will use a 6-qt 10″ pot: the extra room will contain the milk boil-up.

The onions just melt into the milk, so I see no need to use small onions. Just use 3/4 lb regular white onions that you cut into quarters.

After straining out the liquid, you’re left with a sort of delicious onion-flavored pudding, which goes quite well with the pork. The Wife said the best way ways to chop up the pork and mix with the gravy and pudding.

And do read this gelato article in Craftsmanship magazine: fascinating.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 January 2017 at 5:41 pm

Posted in Food, Recipes

Voters who read little news think Trump had a great first week

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Not to put too fine a point on it, being ignorant helps a lot in liking Trump, and the more ignorant the person is, the more they like Trump. And their ignorance is precious. Lady Bracknell describes it well, in The Importance of Being Earnest:

“I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.”

In the Guardian Ed Pilkington reports from Macomb County, Michigan:

In one short week in the White House, Donald Trump has managed to shatter the tradition of the honeymoon period enjoyed by new presidents. While predecessors eased themselves into the role and were showered with national adulation, he has prompted widespread criticism with a stream of provocations.

Trump has proclaimed war on the media, was accused of serial lying, declared open season on environmentalists and undocumented immigrants, outraged the Mexican president, begun stripping millions of Americans of healthcare coverage, and revived the prospect of torturing terror suspects. The pugnacity of his pronouncements has left even Trump-hardened observers aghast, prompting speculation that such an adrenaline-charged opening to his term couldn’t possibly be sustained.

Tell that to the people of Macomb County in Michigan.

“Thank the Lord for Donald Trump!” exclaimed the waitress in Angelo’s diner when asked how she thought he was doing. “He’s awesome, he’s great,” said the car worker. “I absolutely love him,” the window cleaner said. “I’m 100% for Trump,” the pawn shop owner said.

Even for a country as accustomed to division as the United States, the split perception of Trump’s first week in office could not be more worlds apart. On the one hand, there is Trump as seen through the lens of the coastal mainstream media that has called him out with historic bluntness, epitomized by the lead story of the New York Times: Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote.

Then there is how residents of Macomb County, an overwhelmingly white working-class suburb of Detroit, see their new commander-in-chief. It is as if all the raging controversy of the week had somehow washed off him on the 600-mile journey from Washington to Michigan, leaving a cleansed and beatific Trump committed to creating jobs and putting America first.

Niel Redmond, 54, a mechanic who in 2012 voted for Barack Obama but this time went for Trump, said: “I think he’s doing a phenomenal job.”

Redmond was unaware of the critical coverage that has saturated newspaper front pages and cable news reports since inauguration day. “Papers? I’ve no idea what they are talking about – I don’t see them. If it don’t put a dime in my pocket, I don’t worry about it.” . . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

27 January 2017 at 5:27 pm

Trump Watch: A running tally of Trump administration policies, statements and executive actions affecting civil liberties

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Radley Balko has started keeping track in the Washington Post. There’s a lot going on right now:

President Trump’s executive orders and other early policies are coming out at a dizzying pace. Here at The Watch, we’ll do our best to keep a running tally of those pertaining to civil liberties and criminal justice, as well as a catalogue of the Trump administration’s lies, falsehoods, and misdirection.

  • While we’re on the subject, it’s worth noting again that immigrants — including undocumented immigrants — are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens.
  • Bannon, meanwhile, told the New York Times this week that the media should “keep its mouth shut.” Presumably, he’d grant an exception to reports of crimes committed by black people or immigrants.
  • Here’s why Trump’s proposed ban on “sanctuary cities” is unconstitutional.
  • The Mexican-American border is nearly 2,000 miles long. This video demonstrates just how difficult it will be to wall it off.
  • Trump claims that two people were shot dead during President Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago. It isn’t true.
  • Trump’s plan to ban immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries excludes such countries in which he has business ties. I’m sure this is merely a coincidence.
  • On Thursday, Trump claimed that murders in Philadelphia are “just terribly increasing.” They’ve been consistently decreasing — a 30 percent drop over the past 10 years, according to the Philadelphia police.
  • Reason’s Jacob Sullum writes that it’s possible that these aren’t all actually lies — that it’s possible that Trump really believes what he says. And that may be more frightening still.
  • In explaining why he believes there was voter fraud in the election, Trump apparently told staffers that pro golfer Bernhard Langer told him that when he went to vote, he saw voters who “did not look as if they should be allowed to vote,” after which Trump “threw out the names of Latin American countries that the voters might have come from.” In addition to the overt racism here, there’s also the problem that Langer is a German citizen, and ineligible to vote. . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

27 January 2017 at 12:23 pm

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue

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The GOP raid on the public treasury has begun in earnest. The US is headed down a road well-trodden by tin-pot dictators in third-world countries: plundering the country to increase the wealth of the elite few.

Heather Hansman reports in the Guardian:

n the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and defund women’s healthcare facilities, Republican lawmakers have quietly laid the foundation to give away Americans’ birthright: 640m acres of national land. In a single line of changes to the rules for the House of Representatives, Republicans have overwritten the value of federal lands, easing the path to disposing of federal property even if doing so loses money for the government and provides no demonstrable compensation to American citizens.

At stake are areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Forests and Federal Wildlife Refuges, which contribute to an estimated $646bn each year in economic stimulus from recreation on public lands and 6.1m jobs. Transferring these lands to the states, critics fear, could decimate those numbers by eliminating mixed-use requirements, limiting public access and turning over large portions for energy or property development.

In addition to economic stimulus from outdoor activities, federal land creates revenue through oil and gas production, logging and other industrial uses. According to the BLM, in 2016, it made $2bn in royalty revenue from federal leases. The Outdoor Industry Association estimates federal tax revenue from the recreation economy at almost $40bn.

Ignoring those figures, the new language for the House budget, authored by Utah Republican representative Rob Bishop, who has a history of fighting to transfer public land to the states, says that federal land is effectively worthless. Transferring public land to “state, local government or tribal entity shall not be considered as providing new budget authority, decreasing revenues, increasing mandatory spending or increasing outlays.”

Essentially, the revised budget rules deny that federal land has any value at all, allowing the new Congress to sidestep requirements that a bill giving away a piece of federal land does not decrease federal revenue or contribute to the federal debt.

Republican eagerness to cede federal land to local governments for possible sale, mining or development is already moving states to act. Western states, where most federal land is concentrated, are already introducing legislation that pave the way for land transfers.

In Wyoming, for example, the 2017 senate has introduced a joint resolution that would amend the state constitution to dictate how public land given to the state by the federal government after 2019 is managed. It has little public support, but Wyoming Senate President Eli Bebout said that he thought the state should be preemptively thinking about what it would do with federal land.

The Congressional devaluation of national property is the most far-reaching legislative change in a recent push to transfer federal lands to the states. Because of the Republican majority in Congress, bills proposing land transfers could now swiftly diminish Forest Service and BLM lands across the country.

“We didn’t see it coming. I think it was sneaky and underhanded. It exemplifies an effort to not play by the rules,” said Alan Rowsome, senior director of government relations at The Wilderness Society. “This is the worst Congress for public lands ever.” . . .

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The GOP seems to hate the US.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 January 2017 at 11:57 am

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